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  1. spaetzle

    Ssam Bar

    I've had the shitake rice bowl and the pork rice bowl - both were enjoyable. I don't like cole slaw so I got the pork rice bowl without it. Because I rejected one of the ingredients in the pork bowl I found the shitake rice bowl more to my liking because there was more variety of flavors in the dish.
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    Casa Mono

    I have had several good meals there as well. I really liked the thin-sliced zucchini, fried, and served with mint and chile flakes. Was that a special? I don't recall that dish. It sound marvelous though! I'm trying to talk myself out of my sweet tooth, but the panna cotta or the spiced dates with marscapone always make me succumb to dessert. Back to Casa Mono (sort of)... I have not yet tried the patatas bravas dish. It always looks so enormous. But I really enjoy the patatas bravas at Tia Pol. How do these compare in quality? Another comparison - croquetas in ny
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    Casa Mono

    I eat at Lupa regularly. My favorite is the orechiette special with the pork sausage and whatever greens they are using that night. The braised escarole is the best in town. I always sit at the bar and receive excellent, friendly service there. Sometimes it can take a while to be seated though, but that is a factor of the crowd of people waiting to be served - not the actual service.
  4. I was in last Thursday and asked one of the cooks a question about my dish. He responded politely - no problem there. That evening, my buns were a bit cold. First time that's happened to me. No big deal though - I still liked them. It's also possible that they had been there in front of me for a while before I noticed them.... I really, really enjoyed the chard and the oysters that I ordered. Overall, some great summer food.
  5. I had the soft shell crabs a few nights ago and thought they were marvelous. The pickled cherries were completely innovative.
  6. Kimchi can cure the bird flu: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4347443.stm
  7. Was at Momofuku again this weekend. I had a huge cold last week and was in need of the kimchi stew. It was like magic: After I finished 3 quarters of the bowl, poof! Sinus congestion cleared! Kimchi stew totally beats out chicken noodle soup!
  8. I went last night around 8:45 and there was no problem getting a seat. From reading the descriptions in this thread and looking at the menu on line, I had been all set to order the chocobubbles and the voyage to India but then found that the menu had changed. Will said that this is his spring/summer menu. Here is the new menu: The glasses (9$ ea) pina colada - coco cola with pine nut nougatine ice ice cafe - cold passion and nibs earth sangria - white peaches and herb like a "bellini williams" - pear, honey The tastings (12$ ea) pique nique springtemps - "panache", pomelo
  9. My upstairs neighbor walks around in clogs. She leaves for work really early, so I hear these banging clogs from about 6:30 to 7:30 in the morning. I call her "horsey-clop".
  10. Hmmm... Craft could be a possibility for mother's day.... Johnson, thanks for the suggestion! u.e - great to see you! What a small world
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    Casa Mono

    At Casa Mono, I've only sat at the open kitchen and somehow that feels very spacious to me. The tables do look a bit claustrophobic. I've gotten there at 6 on a Saturday with no wait for a seat at the open kitchen and I've gone at 9 on weekdays and have had to wait for as long as a half hour. My favorite dishes there are the skirt steak and the duck egg with mojama. I've gotten those as main dishes. For smaller plates my favorite is the pumpkin and goat cheese croquettes. I just tried the duck egg last week and while it's excellent, I wouldn't rate it as high as the steak. It mu
  12. Thanks for the recommendations! So funny - I'm about to post on the Casa Mono thread! I've been debating for a while about whether my first try of sweetbreads should be at Casa Mono or Momofuku!! Thanks for the recommendation - I'll keep you posted. Where is Ali's? -spaetzle
  13. Hey, This is my first post on Mouthfuls! Momofuku is one of my favorite restaurants because it serves quality food in a very relaxed environment. Whenever I realize that there is nothing in my fridge that's going to hit the spot, I love that I can just go to Momofuku (and wait for a little bit), no reservation necessary and just eat something great at the counter. It's really such an easy going, low-key way to have amazing food. The dishes that I've had so far: pork/chicken/shitake buns, dumplings, smoked chicken wings, razor clams with eggplant or sausage, baby tatsoi, tripe,
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