Jfood took the advice of many and Soupkitten and The Dairy Queen in particular and wandered up to SP again for dinner at Ngon Bistro. From the outside this restaurant looks like any other corner storefront. but on the inside it is tastefully decorated in warm natural colors with numerous paintings on the walls. On a Tuesday night at 730 the place was bustling with after work groups of women, yes women, 85% of the diners were female. No commentary needed, Jfood just stating a fact. There were a couple of small tables available and the bar was empty so Jfood decided to take his book to a table.
For an appetizer Jfood decided, with some coaching, to try the Duck Confit that was Wild Acres duck with coconut curry sauce, cilantro & scallions, with toasted baguette and for an entrée, although he really wanted the duck (two ducks would have been much), he decided on the Thousand Hills Short Ribs braised in five spice with grape tomatoes, brussel sprouts & fingerling potatoes in a pork belly broth reduction.
The appetizer was a small mound of the ingredients and with one bite, Jfood was in heaven. The flavors jumped off the chop sticks. What is interesting as well is that the chef decided to add shitake mushrooms as well. This added some nice earthy flavors to an outstanding dish.
The server brought over a knife and fork and Jfood was a little confused, but then he thought maybe the short rib would come in a large piece. Nope. When the dish arrived it looked great. He first tasted the potato, very good, next a bite of a brussel sprout, it had an interesting flavor that Jfood finally figured was horseradish. Next he tried the meat with a tomato. They were also very good. Jfood thought the dish was very good, but not great.
Jfood was looking forward to the cheesecake he had heard about and when the server told him the special of the evening was chocolate chip cheesecake, he was excited. Jfood, always careful with desserts, asked if there were nuts. Unfortunately there were, so Jfood needed to move onto Plan B. He chose the Ginger Brulee. The texture was more eggy than creamy. This was pretty good, but not great.
Overall Jfood was really pleased with this quick trip up and back and he thanks the Ch’ers who suggested and in particular Soupkitten and Dairy Queen.