One of the delights of the Chanuka holiday is that it’s not complicated by Shabbat like restrictions, making travel and friendly get-togethers all the more versatile, recreational and enjoyable. Since I miss most of the regular Rosh Chodesh gatherings with friends, I especially welcome this warm chilled time of year to visit with friends and family.
Towards the end of Chanuka, CS and I had brunch at Orchideä (4815 12th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219 — Telephone: 718-686-7500) with our dear intimate friend, gourmet extraordinaire, Lévana. The tables were packed with clients; a confluence of Amit women, tables filled with young families, friends and business associates. Lévana and I had been to an Orchideä brunch a while back, when she made several suggestions to Mazal, an Orchideä partner with Ofer Cohen, which were happily implemented.
We enjoyed an expanded salad bar and sushi assortment.
Hot main dishes included veggie and cheese stuffed manicotti (perfectly, deliciously, done!!), teriyaki salmon, herbed fish-balls, sautéed vegetables and ziti with vegetables.
Lévana commented: “The yardstick of a good restaurant is good soup, good coffee and good salad”. On this particular visit, the soup was not up where we expected it to be and the coffee started out a bit weak, everything else – however – looked and tasted fresh and delighfully flavorsome. After voicing our concerns, Mazal, most generously served us a round of cappuccinos that were far improved.
Then we partook of an incredible delicacy… a lovely delicious dish of skewered striped bass teriyaki on a bed of shredded beets and carrots accented with baked garlic; a most chromatic artistic presentation. Like a welcoming crackling fireside hearth kinking out winter’s chill, our conversations were dear, cozy and hard to leave. But, with its beautiful decor, its aromas, its great food, its good service and attentiveness to customer’s suggestions Orchideä is always hard to leave!