I wanted to eat lunch on Friday on Fifth Avenue in Park SLope, but a lot of places were closed at lunch time. One place open was Nana, so I tried it.
The waitress was really laconic. (Not sure if there was language issue.) When I asked if the green curry beef came with anything, she just said "rice." When I asked if there are vegetables, she said "a little." I ordered it anyway, and she turned out to be totally wrong! Not only did the curry have tons of vegetables in it (asparagus, eggplant, peppers, etc.), but there were also two vegetable side dishes: a Japanese-style lettuce-and-carrot salad, and a crunchy vegetable salad with a peanutty sauce. Everything was presented very beautifully on a big square white plate...
Unfortunately, the curry itself was not good. Instead of a proper thick, strong green paste, it was light green and flavorless. I think they added a lot of coconut milk or something.
On the other hand, the mini vegetable roll appetizer was very crisp and tasty. They also gave me a free amuse-bouche: a few small slices of red snapper on top of a small pile of crunchy veggies with ponzu sauce.
Overall, it was a bizarre mixture of good (appetizers, vegetables, presentation) and bad (service, vapid curry sauce).
Two follow-up questions: IF I go back to Nana, can anyone recommend non-sushi dishes? Also, what else is open for lunch weekdays on Fifth Avenue? Thanks for any input.
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