I had a mediocre dinner at Nar Meze Bar last night. Some of the food was overcooked. Some of the dishes were dull. I expected more from this place as the owners also own Allioli, a tapas place I love. Did I hit an off night?
The kitchen has its own language, forged equally from hot pans and sharp things coming around corners, and tight spaces shared for hours on end. In this brand new series, we devote time to the words and phrases chefs hold near and dear to their sweaty, stressed out, crass little hearts. Today's deep-dive: SHOEMAKER.
A good Reuben sandwich is a perfect balance of flavors and textures, and this one delivers. Good rye bread, crisped in butter, holds generous layers of Thousand Island dressing, rich corned beef or pastrami, crunchy sauerkraut, and nutty, melty Gruyère or Swiss cheese that oozes beautifully into the other ingredients.