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18
Jan
10

A New Menu


T Fusion Steakhouse, a favorite Brooklyn eatery, has a new prix fix menu that is in effect until the 31st of January 2010. Here is the new menu:

*$30 Three Course Plus Tax & Gratuity*   *Expires January 31st 2010*   *Not Valid With Other Discounts*


PRESTIGE MENU
(Please select one of each course)

Starter

House Salad
Mixed greens, tomatoes, Julienne cucumber, carrots, onions topped with balsamic vinaigrette.

or

Minestrone Soup
Clear chicken
broth with fresh garden vegetables, chicken, and homemade pasta

Entrée

Rib Steak (12oz)
Bone in prime rib cut with cowboy seasoning served with roasted garli
c & House Fries

Pan Seared Salmon
S
erved with fresh lemon and homemade yellow rice

Pasta Primavera
With mixed garden vegetables in garlic and olive oil

Spaghetti Bolognese
Served with a classic beef marinara sauce

Dessert

Chocolate Soufflé
Freshly baked and served with ice cream

Fresh Fruit Plate
Seasonal Fresh Fruit

Sorbet
See ser
ver

T Fusion Steakhouse (3223 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234 — Telephone 718 998 0002)

Valid ONLY for the following Times:*Sunday 5pm-7pm ** Mon- Wed/ 5pm-8pm* *Sat w/a Drink Order

As we’ve said before in these very pages, the food is excellent, the service is friendly, the ambiance is very nice. Who can ask for more?

08
Jan
10

Dial M for Mouthwatering


M Restaurant (1625 Coney Island Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11230; Telephone: 718.376.6485), is one of the rare breed of eateries combining moderate prices with mouthwatering dishes.

M Restaurant's middle floor

I started the meal with their Eggplant Tower. Subtle, with a hint of a citrus or – perhaps – a gastrique, tender and delicate – a great opening for what was to be a memorable meal.

Eggplant Tower

I followed it with a true work of gastronomic and visual art combined, I had the Pinwheel. This dish consists of slivers of salmon and tilapia rolled into a wheel shape, topped with greens in a home sauce. There was no “fishy” taste at all, just a delicate flavor that could only be topped by the incredible buttery tasting  potatoes the pinwheel rested on.

Pinwheel

After washing it down with some Perrier, I continued the meal with a new dish, which the restaurant has not yet formally introduced into the menu. I had Lamb  Roolatini. It consists of ground lamb rolled into beef with a sweet and sour sauce. The lamb’s tastiness was brought out to perfection! The delicate balance between the strong lamb’s dominating flavor and the sweet sour sauce gave it a hint of spiciness… ah, a masterpiece! I have no doubt this dish will become one of the restaurant’s most ordered items.

The meal continued with La Surprise steak. Unbelievably juicy and tender, with a slight smoked taste, it comes with a very tasty peppercorn sauce. and a salad. M Restaurant‘s La Surprise most definitely ranks high among New York’s best kosher steaks.

La Surprise

All in all, it was a pleasant evening with great food, nicely sized portions and friendly service.

CS

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06
Jan
10

Young and Classy


Humbly cloistered in the heart of Boro Park, is a secret exclusive grotto of fine dining.

Bistro 1310, (1310 – 40th Street; Brooklyn, NY 11218; Telephone: 718.483.8792), right off 13th Avenue, has the look and feel of a higher end city eatery.  Its glazed brick walls, warm chestnut and russet colored interior along with the glass waterfall wall and soft music melts the tension of the surrounding outer world, giving one the feeling of sanctuary.

Bistro 1310's ground floor

Bistro 1310’s menu is evolving, a work in progress; as they engage in exacting their culinary coordinates for this new venue. This young eatery presently offers an amalgam of flavors from around the world, offering specially aged grilled meats as well as chicken and fish dishes spiced with Indian and Asian influences.

We sampled two appetizers Tandoori Chicken – thin bread crumb crusted chicken breast pieces with a blend of Indian spices and mayo based curry dipping sauce; tasty! Our second appetizer was a Tuscan Steak Salad served with field greens, red onion, roasted pepper in a lemon vinaigrette; the thinly sliced aged meat was delicious and well appointed.

Tuscan Steak Salad

For our main we ordered two of Bistro 1310 early favorites. Teriyaki Chicken with sautéed vegetables and white rice, and Skirt Steak with mashed potatoes. The chicken was flavorful, the teriyaki sauce a tad sweet for my taste; the white rice was cooked just right, with light lovely seasoning that was delicious. CS by nature is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so he loved the Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and the very tender Skirt Steak. I sampled a piece, and found it slightly salty.

Skirt Steak

We ended our meal with a Tiramisu boxed in chocolate. The quality of the chocolate was superb and the Tiramisu was very respectable.

Tiramisu

This young chic bistro is a hidden treasure of Boro Park and has a promising future. We will revisit it again as it hones in on its niche in the beau monde of Kosher fine dining.

SYR

Bistro 1310 on Urbanspoon

28
Dec
09

I Ate… Fish


Whoever knows me in person, whoever has been reading this blog, knows I used to intensely dislike fish. In spite of my Mother’s best efforts, it wasn’t until I got to mesivta that I learned to tolerate gefilte fish on Shabbos eve. But, it never went beyond that! And yet in spite of that dislike, I’ve described – on these very pages – instances where I’ve eaten fish and… like them! One specific restaurant taught me to enjoy what I previously disliked…

Towards the end of May past, SYR and I found our way to Borough Park’s Avenue Plaza Dining (4626 13th Ave; Brooklyn, NY 1121; Telephone: 718.552.3222). The restaurant is located one floor below the Avenue Plaza Hotel‘s main lounge

One of the frescoes in the dining room of Avenue Plaza Dining

It’s a cozy, comfortable place; the dishes are unusual and delicious. Knowing full well that fish are not something everybody likes, Chezky Klein and his staff strive to have their creations look and taste very different from what one would expect. They are known throughout for what they do with fish, for what they do with pasta.

We started the meal with their most popular dish, “Buffalo Wings” Style Tilapia. Soft and tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, then smothered with lightly spicy sauce. Delectable!

SYR followed it with a Tilapia in Plum Sauce

Tilapia in Plum Sauce

The grilled Tilapia was glazed with plum sauce. The plum got rid of any “fishy” taste! The result was a tender, fruity, but meat like taste.

I had their “Spare Rib” Style Fillet of Salmon

"Spare Rib" Style Fillet of Salmon

It came grilled to perfection and had been basted in a delicious sauce that indeed made it taste like a very delicious “spare rib.” SYR and I, then split their Orange Scented Tilapia

Orange Scented Tilapia

Tender strips of tilapia, slightly coated with a subtle, fragrant, orange sauce.

Yes mommy, I know you won’t believe this, but I finally ate fish and… loved it! As Chezky Klein puts it, “This is not your grandma’s gefilte” and he’s absolutely right.

CS

18
Dec
09

Somewhere in Marrakech


Just missing the story tellers, local souk and snake charmers, I walked into mystical Morocco when I entered Darna (600 Columbus Ave – North East corner of 89th; New York 10024; Telephone: 212.721.9193), right here in New York City, in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Magically transported to the heart of Fez, Rabat, Marrakech or perhaps Casablanca and Rick’s Café Américain… I expected to hear the echo of Ilsa’s voice asking Sam: “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’”

I arrived at Darna as they began dinner service. Carlos tastefully arranged a corner table for me while Katja navigated me through the extensive menu of surprisingly well priced fare.

I started with a Humus plate, which came with a zaatar (hyssop) pita and mixed greens.

Deliciously flavorful, it was followed by Moroccan Cigars with accompanying greens and tomato flower garnish atop a Tehina Sauce.

The meat filled cigars were crispy on the outside, tender and savory on the inside; a perfect blend of flavors.

Darna’s Stuffed Chicken was the main course, a whole roasted Cornish hen stuffed with prunes, apricots, raisins, mushrooms and almonds with a side of  Couscous (their signature dish!) topped with string beans and carrots.

The stuffed hen was tender and superb in taste; the side dish delicious! The meal was accompanied by a delightful 2007 Barkan Pinot Noir.

Darna means “our home” in Moroccan Arabic. The time went by too quickly; the homey food, the polite and friendly staff, the cozy beautifully appointed authentic Moroccan décor, the soft Moroccan music certainly made me feel like a valued guest at the home of some trusted old friends…truly a hidden precious jewel in Manhattan!

To borrow a line from the movie Casablanca, “Luis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” I’ll be back!

CS




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