a big group of us went to five front for the brooklyn restaurant week prix-fixe. the portions were quite small (which i had anticipated after going to loulou for restaurant week last year), but the food was pretty good for the price we paid.
for appetizers, there was a choice between tomato basil soup, watercress salad with goat cheese croquette and blood orange, and gulf shrimp with a eggplant compote type layer. i had the salad but it was more goat cheese than salad. i had hoped for a bigger presence by the watercress. also the blood orange looked more like plain oranges. i had a bite of the eggplant compote that came with the shrimp and that was very flavorful, but maybe a bit too rich to eat a whole plate of it.
for the main entree the choice was between lamb, cornmeal crusted catfish with sweet potato hash, and a vegetarian risotto. i had the catfish which i thought was very god, but nothing mind-blowing. many in our party complained about the chewiness of the lamb - my friend was still chewing on his when the dessert came! the risotto (the one bite i had) was really good. i think that may have been the best choice.
dessert was delicious. i had the buttermilk panna cotta, while some others had the warm chocolate cake.
we were treated well despite coming with a group of 13 during restaurant week. no attitude there for sure. the food was good but wasn't absolutely mind-blowing. it was, however, a good deal for $20.06. i would like to go back when the weather is nice and the back porch is open, but otherwise i don't think it'd really be worth the trip to dumbo for it.
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