Saturday, August 11, 2007
Although, after certain events on July 16, and August 9, 2007, I'm not sure I like the idea of turning the stairs at Grand Central station into tropical waterfalls. Yes, these are fake, but from other pictures I've seen, they have a certain eerie realism to them.
While I will admit I was a bit naughtier during later innings, what is baseball without Cracker Jacks? If I were seriously dieting, this would make an apt gametime snack.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The cold appetizer platter was amazingly well done. Standing out was the melitzanosalata, a puree made from smoked eggplant with a smoky, almost meaty flavor. It lacked the sourness and creaminess of typical babaganoush. The squid was tender and fried to perfection, not one bit chewy or overly salty.
I also enjoyed the loukaniko sparta, char-grilled Greek sausage, which had a well done, citrus flavor -- an impressive surprise compared to similar dishes I've tried in Spanish and Portuguese restaurants.
The gigantes fournou, giant lima beans baked
with tomatoes and scallions, were tasty, and they made me seriously rethink my preconceptions of lima beans in general, the canned, flavorless variety of school lunches.
The keftedakia, seasoned meatballs, were lightly broiled and tasty, with just the right hint of lemon.
The Greek salad was well prepared and fresh; I could not taste a trace of the feta, which was easily and promptly removed.
The arni souvlaki, marinated cubes of lamb with tomatoes, green peppers and onions, was excellent. They managed to infuse the sweet flavor of onion throughout the entire dish, and the lamb was grilled so as not to be rare or tough and overdone.
Dessert, loukoumades, a Greek take on Italian zepolis served with a honey walnut syrup, was a delightfully sweet ending to an impressive meal.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Then I did one batch of regular sized ones, which I infused with rose petal preserves:
Saturday, May 26, 2007
The trademark dish is the "moule pot," essentially a giant pot of steamed mussels, served with frites, traditional Belgian fries, done perfectly crispy on the outside, but soft and potatoey on the inside. Before ordering be warned, one pot will satiate about three averaged sized individuals, or about six skinny individuals.
The pots come come in a vast array of international variations, from traditional Homard, with creamy lobster and scallions, to exotic Thai with grilled pineapple and spicy coconut broth.
I usually go with the paella:
Served with shrimp, Little Neck clams, crawfish, chorizo, chicken and rice in a saffron broth, this dish rivals the fare served in Spanish and Portuguese restaurants. At the top, is a well done paella; Digging further, the mussele content gradually increases. When one finally reaches the bottom, a lovely soup of saffron flavored broth, and leftover bits of mussels, clams, and rice is to be had. It is a good match for the loaves of crusty french bread served with the meal.
Also not to be missed is the Sweet Potato Gnocci.
While I will admit I'm not usually a fan of gnocci, this restaurant's take on the traditional Italian potato pasta is beautifully done. The gnocci has a sweet taste and a nice chewy texture, without the cheese flavor found in many Italian restaurants. The combination of the gnocci with andouille sausage, fresh peas, and rosemary cream makes this starter more of a meal than some of the entrees listed lower on the menu.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Monday through Thursday, they have happy hour, two drinks for the price of one. I decided to take the opportunity and sample what they had to offer. The rose petal martini was well done, they managed to get the flavor of roses, without too much sweetness. For my second drink I was seduced by the chilli margarita. It certainly packed a punch spicewise, and I would not recomend it for those who can't take heat.
Food was okay, but came in second to the drinks. The "wild mushroom julienne in a pastry shell" seemed to have been made with mushrooms of the canned variety." They ran out of pastry shells during the meal, but I was fortunate to get one. The salmon with lentils was well done, and the highlight of the meal. For dessert they were out of the lychee wontons I wanted to try, so I ended up with essentially a chocolate, chai brownie. It wasn't bad, but I can get a fancy chocolate desert anywhere in the city.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Not sure what I'm going to do with this, I already have an LJ, but LJs are usually used for fannish things. Blogspots tend to be for the more trendy set, who post things like meaningful photos of the cities they live in, and restaurant reviews. Hmm, maybe it is time for a digital camera?