Sunday, May 27, 2007
So imagine my excitement when I recognized it on the menu at Bennachin. And then imagine my disappointment when it tasted like nothing very exciting at all. And then imagine my excitement when seven years later I realized that you have to eat it with something else. Like fish stew. (bangs the figurative no-duh gong).
Better yet, the stew part is exactly like gumbo. (double gong) Except orange and with tilapia.
The foufou is lovely, especially if you’re all about starchy textures. It’s like a gnocchi, but bigger and better. Or, perhaps more accurately, gnocchi is like fufu, but smaller and multitudinous and pretty okay. Depends on the sauce.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
PS--If your schedule and dining companions agree, be sure to have dessert FIRST. :)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The mashed potatoes are stoemp, the sausages are bratwurst. And I wouldn’t be fooled by their simple appearance, or by the mustard signature. Both (the stoemp and the bratwurst. Not the mustard) were more complex than they look. And when I say complex, I don’t mean that in some messed-up trendy fusion sort of way. I mean that this was very purposeful humble food. Not your average plate of fat and salty/hot and plentiful; there were a lot of flavors to contemplate the whole way through. The herb-and-spice job made sense, delicious sense, wasn’t plain, and best of all, wasn’t fussy. And isn’t that the point of the bistro? Unpretentious and perfect. I loved this dinner. I mean that. Earnestly. Like the food.
New Orleanians, this is a great place to take your meat-eating friends. Especially if they mainly stick to the east bank. The outside looks distinctly oompah/hofbrau, the inside looks like Thailand/Portland. They don’t use the $ sign next to the prices, but just give you the price as a round number (23, 7, 12 … like that).
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The food was yummy, although there wasn't much to offer the vegetarians. I had a crepe with spinach and feta. Oh, and I had a side of perfectly prepared asparagus. For dessert, I chose ice cream with a fabulous chocolate sauce. Mmmmm. It was less fancy than the other desserts on the menu. But it was delicious.
The service was friendly and I'd definitely go back again. If the Gastronauts had a rating scale, I'd put my rating here.... but we don't have one yet.