Did anyone else go to the Brooklyn Brewerys Medal-Winning Summer Beers & Brooklyn Restaurants? There was a $50 charge for sampling various beers and food from Brooklyn Restaurants. Im usually a big fan of the Brooklyn Brewery events. The Michael Jackson event was a particular hoot. The brewery imported Jackson and propped him up in their space to walk us through a long menu of beer. The man got seriously sloshedwell thats my assessment, but it is very possible that he always digresses into unrelated, slurred topics. Anyway, it was great fun tasting along with him. The Summer Beers & Brooklyn Restaurants was fun. But if they do it again I probably wouldnt go.
Heres the tasting menu with my comments (my memory gets a little muddy at the end due to hot day + lots of beer):
Beso: Chocolate Crema Catalan with Cinnamon Churrovery good. Simply churros with a little plastic cup of very, very thick chocolate crema to dip. I wish I had one right now.
Diner: Marinated chick peas on toast. I didnt go back for more. Seems like many of the restaurants liked the on toast or on pita idea. The chick peas didnt have much of a flavor.
Loulou Restaurant: Grape Tuna Tartar with Dijon Caper Crème Fresh. This was served on a cucumber slice. Didnt taste much tuna in there, just a big squishy grape in a creamy mashy concoction. Eh.
Madiba: BabotieCape Malay Style Meatloaf with Curried Mince Mango Chutney. Never saw even a hint of chutney. Ground beef was fashioned into a rectangle that was served on a slice of thick white bread.
Mid-Atlantic Café: Salmon Pastrami with summer squash chutney and crouton. Very good. Should have had more.
Oznots Dish: Minted sea scallop ceviche with mangoes, peaches and aleppo pepper. Im a sucker for ceviche, I love it. This was a very nice refreshing dish to have on this blazingly hot day.
Panio teca 275: Truffle Cauliflower Crostini. Agh, the moment this hit my lips I had to run to the trash and spit it out. White pure-fat tasting goo on top of toast. This place didnt have too many takers.
Petes Waterfront Ale House: Chile and Cumin Rubbed Barbeque Salmon Wrap. The winner of the afternoon. The salmon was incredibly spicy. The wrap had a generous amount of cilantro and surprisingly raw grated onions. They served it with a squirt of thai hot sauce and some kind of green light creamy dip (perhaps with avacado?). Really delicious and thank god, not served on toast.
Planet Thailand: Green Papaya Thai Salad. Nice. Refreshing.
Rosewater: Duck Confit Fattoush with sesame pita, shaved fennel and cinnamon ginger vinaigrette. This greasy, concoction was inedible to me.
Restaurant Saul: Oxtail Terrine with spicy tomato chutney. Dont particularly remember this.
Uncle Pho: Spicy lemongrass gazpacho with grilled chicken satay. The gazpacho was actually good, I only like gazpacho with a kick and this gave me a little boot to the tongue.