Posted 12 December 2009 - 05:45 PM
The menu is small for now, and they have an extensive SA wine list and several interesting-sounding cocktails. (I believe that they're also offering brunch, as well as live music later at night.) We started with a salad of shaved biltong, greens, a kind of slaw, and a few pineapple and peach slices. Biltong is SA beef jerky, which is not easy to find here, and the version Bunny Chow is serving is semi-dry and spicy. They give you a lot of biltong vs. the other ingredients. I then had the seafood biryani and N had the peri-peri prawns. The biryani contains mussels, shrimp, and squid; the rice has lentils mixed in. The whole lot has a big dollop of chutney on top, which is good because the rice was spicier than I expected. Very flavorful and very filling. N's prawns had the heads attached, enabling her to suck out the roe. Also, very well seasoned, and the saffron rice absorbed the peri-peri sauce well. We had planned to have a Doughnut Plant donut at home as our dessert, but N wanted to try the milk tart. It's a very small tart filled with a light custard, with drizzles of cinnamon-laced condensed milk around it.
I haven't seen much publicity around the restaurant so far, other than a VV column Sarah DiGregorio wrote this week about the namesake dish (curry in a hollowed-out loaf of bread--no bunnies involved). It was fairly empty last night, though that could have been due to the weather (Cafe Katja, across the street, looked fairly dead even at 7:30). But the food is very good and the prices are reasonable, so it's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
74 Orchard Street (between Broome and Grand)
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 06:32 PM
[M]ost of the pastas hover around $25. This ought to be enough to buy bucatini that is cooked on both ends. -- Pete Wells on Caravaggio ( * review)
Tonight, there was a dessert of coconut, rhubarb, and black olive. Obvious in its execution how innovation and experiment, when introduced for their own sake, are annoying. --irnscrabblechf52, May 9, 2013
notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table
Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:20 PM
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