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Central Kitchen review (longish)


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Central Kitchen review (longish)

Dax | Mar 27, 2006 09:04 AM

Stopped in Saturday night with 5 others around 8. CK is not exactly large and the majority of their tables are 2 and 4 tops. We put our name in and went upstairs to the Enormous Room for a couple of drinks and a snack. We ordered the Mediterranean Plate at the Enormous Room which consisted of ok hummus, an awesome carrot puree which tasted almost like sweet potatoes (but were assured it was carrots), and salsa, served with thick, spiced pita chips. I like the ER, but the beer selection is kind of weak. I should have tried the Enormous Sangrias that others were drinking.

About two drinks in, CK called us to let us know our table was ready. It's a nice touch that you can have your drinks brought down to the table if not done yet.

This was my first visit to CK. I really like the room. Service was attentive but not hovering. Great.

I ordered the Portuguese stew as an appetizer and another friend had the dressed greens. The stew was really good, although the tomato sauce seemed a bit thicker than I would have imagined it would be. I think they might have used linguica instead of chourico but I was 3 beers in at this point so who knows. Served with a hunk of bread this was very hearty and satisfying. I think it was like $12.

For my main I had the lamb shanks served over white beans and something like caramelized onions. Switched over to a Brooklyn IPA which was delicious. The lamb was absolutely sumptuous - I could eat that dish weekly. Kind of hard to cut and it's kind of dark in CK, but I did my best not to just pick up the lamb and gnaw the bones like a savage. Some more bread to sop up the white beans and sauce was much appreciated. Entree was about $25, beer $5.

Other folks at the table had the trout, two ordered chicken, one had the grilled octopus app and the last had made a platter of raw oysters, Jonah claws, and giant P&E shrimp. I only tried the trout, which was delicious. No idea the cost of these dishes.

I really like CK and if I lived over there it would be a regular on the rotation. I do wish they had 2-3 more entree options but can understand why they don't. I did find myself unfairly comparing it to the Franklin, but we're talking apples and oranges - I don't even think the Franklin can accommodate a 6 top and, if so, the wait would have been hours.


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