Another after theater venture...this one successfully to Prospect Café newly reopened under the great concept of 'eclectic SCRATCH kitchen and craft bar'.
Their three orders of Carnitas [$18] looked [and tasted great] but my order of Fried Chicken [$18] was super. Three beautifully crispily fried thighs with a slice of jalapeño cheddar cornbread, ranch dressing and the very best bacon braised collard greens around town! The great pour of Malbec [$7] helped make this meal memorable.
We split the Chocolate Pot de crème [$8] which was delicious with blood orange zest in the chocolate. And as you can see didn't get its picture taken!
blognote: Jared was our server and he is excellent and put up with dietary restrictions [not mine!], an oxygen tank and a bill split 3 or 4 ways. Spoke with Paul, the owner, and this is definitely a place to which I will return.
[uno] Started with an 1820 Flowing Bowl Punch reception with crudités, whipped chicken liver, clam toast, goat cheese truffles and deviled eggs. Got to meet many of the 50 people in attendance for the pre-fixe dinner. Two very good friends were there and we sat together for the dinner. Great fun!
[dos] Farnum Hill Semi-dry Sparkling Cider accompanying Cauliflower Tartare: boquerones, lemon, sorrel, caper, brown butter, egg.
[tres] Applejack Old Fashioned accompanying Smoked Foie Gras and Head Cheese: marconas, cheddar, apple, butternut mustard, mizuna.
[cuatro] Ginger Basil White Sangria accompanying Tom Kha Gai Soup: The Bridge tofu, shiitake, octopus, coconut, squid.
[cinco] Michel Torino Don David Malbec accompanying Braised Lamb Shank: lentils, ham hock, carrot, brussels, banyuls.
Had an urge for a Báhn Mi so headed for Mai Lan which had been getting some good press about their 'Vietnamese Grinders'. I got the grilled pork version with a cup of tea [$3.98]. It was delicious with thinly sliced pieces of pork and the requisite carrot, cucumber and cilantro on great bread. It was really just a snack and next time will order two different kinds!
bloginfo: The restaurant does not have a website so included the YELP page as a link.
We ordered the Lao Crispy Egg Rolls with pineapple sauce but ended up with the Vietnamese Fresh Rolls with tofu [$5] because of no more wrappers in the kitchen. Good but not what we really wanted. I had the Vietnamese Pancake with tofu seen above [$8.75] and it was delicious. The other order which I will have next time was the Green Curry Rice with tofu [$8.25]. A cup of nice warm tea for each and the meal was complete. Lots of good conversation and planning. Terrific day!
Took ourselves to a pre-Christmas brunch Café56 to catch up on latest travels. Got there at 10:45am which is a bad time between breakfast and changeover to lunch. After some fuming and pouting on my part, I ended up with a superb lunch!
I ordered the Argentine Tacandwich [n.(ta-cand-witch) – A combination of Latin American taco fillings served in a Portuguese roll, giving you the great flavors of the tacos you love with the convenience of a sandwich]. It was filled with Grilled marinated steak, green chimichurri sauce, house sauce with our spicy pimento rojo and Chilera sauce on the side. Delicious!
My table partner had the Cubano Tacandwich The Cubano – Slow roasted pork, locally smoked ham, melted house blend of cheeses, pickled red onions and our Havana sauce with Chilera sauce on the side. Both were $12.50 each.
October 24, 2015
Went to a theme dinner at Café 56 tonight which highlightedMesoamerican food. My two guests had called and cancelled and there was no way I would miss a meal here. Chef Sabrina was able to put me at a table with three other people. Sorry I barged in on your private meal but you were very nice to me and since we were all foodies had some good convo.
Started with a Black Bean, Queso Fresco, Guacamole with fresh corn chips and they were super. Then on to the next course of a watercress, radish Salad with a hint of mint and avocado served with a queso dressing. Why don't we use more watercress here in the United States; it is delicious.
A Subanique of five protein [duck, chicken, pork, beef and chorizo] was served in a pot of spicy broth covered with banana leaves. It was smoky, deep-flavored and delicious. The side dish for this was white rice with tiny shrimp. We ended the meal with the familiar Tres Leches cake with accompanying candied platano and a sheet of caramelized sesame seed. The cake was so moist and the accompaniments made this a perfect dessert after the spicy stew.