Dishes Worth Mention

It’s time for one of my favorite types of posts – a round up!

I love these posts because it lets me highlight individual dishes that I have snapped over the last few weeks – dishes that I wouldn’t write about in their own reviews but that are still worth mention. 

Dishes like these:

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Everything on the cocktail menu at Kittichai

I have only been here twice, and the 4 cocktails I have had have all been spectacular. The tiny bar area is comprised of a small bar and a few low tables. The cocktail list changes seasonally, but whatever is on the menu includes fresh fruit purees, high end liquors, and herbal infusions. Anything with lychee or passionfruit is a great place to start. The beautiful setting isn’t stuffy or uptight and the bartenders are happy to create a cocktail based upon flavors you like. It’s a tasty way to set off an evening in SoHo.

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Financier at Financier

The namesake pastry at this mini chain is one of my favorite treats in the city. Similar to a vanilla scented madeleine, it is buttery, sweet, and perfect with a cup of hot chocolate. Tender and finely crumbed, it is moist within with delightfully crunchy corners. It’s well priced in a beautiful location that’s perfect for an afternoon repast with the girls. Or the boys! 

pix 007-001 Prawn and pork cheek skewers at Rouge et Blanc

Why haven’t I eaten here sooner?! And why didn’t I stay longer than for just a drink and a few appetizers?! Ah well, regrets are regrets, and one thing that I do NOT regret is this plate of Southeast Asian savories. The prawn and pork cheek are ground together to make an addictive sausage – moist and tender, with a faint saltiness that makes everything savory without being overtly seafoody.  Cooked on sugarcane, they have a faint but wonderful sweetness. Finally, frying them in crispy panko coating adds a crunchy textural component that makes the dish stand out. The tamarind vinaigrette is wonderfully sweet, spicy, and sour – it really balances the meaty skewers. The decor is beautiful – colonial Vietnamese inspired – and the service is charming. Run here, don’t walk!

And with that, I bid you all a great weekend!