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Brooklyn Girl- early review


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Brooklyn Girl- early review

Fake Name | | Apr 28, 2012 08:54 PM

***It's not nice to review a place in the first few weeks of opening. Please take this as an early and unfair review****

Got a rez earlier this week to our newest local spot, Brooklyn Girl.

Short take spoiler: We liked it and will be back. Thrilled to have a decent spot in Mission Hills.

Still with me?

We've been waiting a long time for this. It was SUPPOSED to be Cafe Chloe North (or something) but Brooklyn Girl is the new place on Goldfinch in Mission Hills. Yes, it's a little loud.

Our only visit there (so far) was tonight, their second full day open to the general public. Probably a bit early for a formal review, and the reasons for that are evident here.

The areas for improvement:

Take the strings off the lamb roast.
Serve the lamb roast in the menu-promised jus.
Don't forget the salad.
Give the french fries a little more time in the fryer.

BUT- the rest was quite good, and I suspect the rough spots will be resolved soon. I enjoyed a "Brooklyn" (play on Manhattan) cocktail, and Mrs Name liked their BLT, with Basil, Gin lime and lavender or something like that. She said it was good.

We REALLY enjoyed their pork-and-bean startes- pork belly (how can one go wrong?) nice rich beans- maybe a tad undercooked (call me Mr Fussy) but quite enjoyable.

For an entree, we chared one of several large-portion plates- ours was a roast saddle of lamb. It was similar to an herby lamb porchetta which was also offered. They bring the lamb when it's done roasting to the table so you can see it before they carve it. A nice flourish, but when they brought it back it was not as hot as I'd prefer. It was sold as coming with jus, but we had no sign of any, and it was provided on the side with apologies. Came with roasted potatoes, carrots and onions. Very good.

Mr11 had a burger with bacon and cheddar, and was generous to his old man enough to allow me a piece. Very good- especially the bun.

I asked for suggestions for a glass of wine to go with the lamb, and the server was great- offered two slections, a pinot and a cab, which were both right for the dish. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, friendly but professional.

We ended with one of their many house-made desserts, ours was their brownie. I liked the flavors (salted caramel, nuts and chocolate) and it was served warm- but had that microwave feel to it. I could be wrong...

Overall, we are very excited to have a solid choice in the 'hood. Walking distance, nice bar, etc. They plan lunch and- even better- BREAKFAST soon.

Highly recommended.