Cafe 8 1/2. Husband (Chef R) and wife (JL) team. The Cat kinda “fell” into the place last week. So impressed with her porchetta lunch, she wanted to try the Saturday prix fixe dinner (four course), 40 dollars per, reservations only, no pre-planned menu, slightly scary. Try try.
Located on the ground floor of a low rise office building. Building is set back from the street, iron gate in the front. Slightly gothic (think Addams Family), Disneyisque, Jack Skellington-ish, Tibetan temple-ish, uncle’s garage-ish, aunty’s kitchen-ish (although uncle’s doing the cooking) ambiance. You gotta see it for yourself.
I would guess 80-90 percent is scratch made. An “artist”, self-taught.
Butcher paper, torn. “Artist” indeed.
On to the food.
Maybe just the bread course. The Mouse is busting out the lactase pills.
Only thing not house-made on the plate was the Capocollo. Hmm, this dinner may be my kryptonite. :0
Chef likes to show and talk about his “creations”.
And the dish (second course).
Noms! The lactase pills are holding (sorry TMI).
Chef came out to explain how he broke the mushrooms into pieces to get texture where cutting with a knife is “boring”. Uhm okay. Have to admit, the texture was interesting. The chicken was amazeballs. Usually one of my favorite is Chinese style cold ginger chicken, but this dish ranks up there. Tender, flavorful, with a nice crisp skin.
Accompanied the chicken. Took home. Getting Full.
I was going to take the bones home for stock (since The Cat was taking some of her dinner home anyway), but The Cat nixed the idea. Maybe sounded too Hannibal Lecter-ish? I’m sure the chef wouldn’t have minded.
The Cat thought the pear was almost Chinese-y. She loves poached pears.
The Cat had a nice conversation with JL, both are Chinese. One from Shanghai (The Cat), one via Taiwan.
Overall an awesome (but slightly scary) experience. Would we do it again, most definitely, just not too often (food is very rich).
Plus, The Mouse has to load up on more lactase pills. Hee hee.
To follow-up, The Mouse had a bit of a stomach issue early this morning, nothing serious, the pill worked 95 percent for The Mouse. 🙂
Enjoy. Eat well.