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new(ish) menu at casa mono

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new(ish) menu at casa mono

MB fka MB | Apr 19, 2008 11:45 AM

disclaimer: i frequent casa mono the most. that said, I stopped in last week for a snack and the chef mentioned the menu would be changing, so I went back last night.

I had what was essentially pork 3 ways - served on a cutting board with 2 pcs. of pan con tomato. about $16 or $18. I really loved the dish, but would have wished for a couple of thoughtful accompaniments. first was a terrine with black truffles that made me swoon. mind you, it was very well seasoned and I bet some would say too salty but it was seriously all truffle and pork and oh so just right for me. It was very rich and took a long time to eat (better if shared, for sure). truffle fiends who like well seasoned food should head over there right now. the boiled ham was a lovely surprise. really soft, incredible flavor for something so simple. would have enjoyed having an accompaniment here perhaps, tho. soppresata (sp?) was served as a spread, more like a rillette but a little more goop-y. red in color (just from the seasoning or a bit of tomato?) it was nicely spicy and had some good garlic flavor, although for this I would have wished for a bit of sea salt to sprinkle over, not just because I'm a salt fiend, but also to have a bit of little crunchy crystals to contrast the texture.

side of mushrooms great as always. ramps are on the menu (served with the steak and also as a side IIRC). they came with the raw fish and spring vegetable salad that I enjoyed. I wasn't taking notes and I was drinking plenty of wine, so sorry for the spare details. this was a simple dish with spring favas, peas, ramps, and pea shoots layered over thin slices of delicate white fish.

I had heard that they would be adding gazpacho to the menu, but it wasn't there yet. save that for next week's visit....

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