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New Menu Format at East by Northeast

opinionatedchef | Jan 19, 201506:37 PM

They've changed their menu format and we had some terrific food there tonight. It's much simpler now- a page of salads and buns (available individually now) and a page of noodles (including ramen, every night.)
You'd never know I eat way too few veggies at home because Philip always has me delirious over his veggie concoctions.
We loved all of them tonight: ($5-7)
EDAMAME SALAD, apple, kale, pomegranate, creamy sesame miso dressing I think this is one of philip's signature dishes; i don't think people would let him take it off the menu!
DELICATA SQUASH*, fish sauce caramel, marinated maitake, thai basil, spiced pepitas
CHARRED BROCCOLI*, anchovy, grilled onions, chili-garlic sauce, sourdough crumbs
BRUSSELS SPROUTS*, rutabaga and mustard relish, smoked pork belly, fried shallots
*= vegetarian version available
House made BAO with nori fried hake and miso napa slaw ($4)I'm not always drawn to fried fish, but this hake was a real treat.Can't wait to have this again when we return.

The noodle dishes are bigger than before. We had the Pork Ramen with XO sauce
and the Lobster in Red Curry Sauce with chanterelles, spaghetti squash and wheat noodles. The pork broth was rich and well balanced; the smoked pork much more flavorful than the fatty pork I've had elsewhere.
On the second dish, while the coconut curry sauce was bright and flavorful, I think the noodles were underdone and the lobster element needs some work. (Philip was not on the line tonight and that may have had something to do with it.)

As usual, with Blaine managing the floor, service was smooth and friendly, and we had a quiet space where conversation is easy. Can't wait to return and have more from this new menu!

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