Restaurants & Bars 3

Chubo

Cara | Sep 19, 2004 09:50 PM

Last night we visited this French/Japanese at 6 Clinton St. between Stanton and Houston. I can report that it was extraordinary. The French chef has a strong Japanese culinary accent, perhaps due in part to the influence of his Japanese wife. The food had the best of both cuisines: lovely presentation, intense and discrete flavors and fresh ingredients. We were neither under nor overfed. The preparation is superb. The shrimp that came in my rich Japanese consomme, loaded with vegetables, had been grilled first and it was sweet, tender and absolutely luscious. A perfect shrimp. My pork chop was also perfectly grilled, neither dry nor undercooked, and retained its flavor and texture from first bite to last. It sat on a bed of sensual pomme puree loaded with butter but also other subtle exciting flavors. The bok choy was properly crunchy, bitter and sweet at the same time. My companions had two appetizers and fish entrees about which they were equally thrilled. Very accommodating service. Casual environs. No rushing. No loud music. And the tab was quite reasonable. A two-course prix fixe is $26. The place eventually got crowded for a Saturday night but was not overflowing. Probably make a reservation anyway.

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