Saturday, October 23, 2010

birthday dinner at WD-50!

Priya took me to WD-50 for my birthday dinner with Katie & Dave. Our friend Dan, who cooks there, is leaving shortly for a new job, so we wanted to get in and check it out while he was still in the kitchen.

We eschewed the tasting menu in favor of ordering a bunch of entrees and appetizers--cheaper and more satisfying, we figured. Right off we were sent an amuse-bouche of everything-bagel ice cream, dried smoked salmon threads, and a crispy piece of cream cheese.

Shrimp spaghetti, tomato, basil, garlic (the spaghetti itself was made out of shrimp--no pasta dough here):

Aerated foie gras, pickled beet, mashad plum, brioche:

Peekytoe crab roll, salt 'n' vinegar tiny chips, and celery mayonnaise (I dodged the mayo and found the dish to be pretty good without it):

Eggs benedict (deep-fried cubes of hollandaise sauce, cylinders of poached egg yolk, crispy ham sheets):

Veal brisket, honeydew cubes, crispy olive, and amazing fried ricotta:

Iberico pork neck, smoked paprika spaetzle, peach and sake sauce, marcona almond:

Walleyed pike, mashed yeast, zucchini, curry chips, nasturtium:

Duck breast, apple, cheddar, kimchee-cous cous in a cheddar-apple consomme:

Cod, peas-n-coconut, nori, carrot dashi (the peas-n-coconut, mashed underneath, were one of the standout dishes of the night):

Lemongrass mousse, jackfruit, lemongrass foam and lemongrass ice, brown sugar crunchy pastry thing, and whole-wheat ice cream:

Hazelnut tart, chocolate and coconut, chicory foam:

Edible cucumber-mousse candle with cucumber sugar sheet (for my birthday!):

Rainbow sherbet (of apple, orange, and tarragon sherbets) over olive-oil cake, wrapped up in a sugar sheet:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kuaie La Mai

Beef Lanzhou noodle soup & Fukhinese wonton at the former Eastern Noodle on Forsyth. I never had Fukhinese wontons before, but they seem to be very tiny with huge billowy poached-egg-like noodle feathering off around the snip of meat.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Momofuku Noodle Bar fried chicken extravaganza!

Yvette got reservations for the fried chicken lunch at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Like Ko reservations, you have to get online at just the right time to score them, and they only have a fixed number per day. One Korean fried chicken, one Southern fried chicken, plus some sides.

of course we had to have the pork buns first. omg.