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Praise for Uovo

(mp) | Aug 16, 2005 12:30 PM

I went to Uovo on Avenue B last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Started with the almond soup, which was interestingly textured and well accented with several spoonfulls of intensely fruity olive oil.

Next came the pencil asparagus with fried egg. The asparagus was perfetly cooked -- slightly charred but still very firm. It was expertly seasoned and complemented nicely by the fried egg.

We also tried the heirloom tomato salad. The accompanying fried cheese (whose name I can't remember) was excellent, although the heavy dose of olive oil seemed unnecessary.

The main course, a beef brisket balanced atop a chickpea pancake, was truly excellent. The coffee-accented sauce seemed to channel both the complexity of mole and the tang of barbeque sauce. The meat itself was tender and flavorful, and the chickpea provided a nice textural palette for the intense flavor of the meat. This dish most closely resembled something that one would find at Prune.

Despite the fact that we were stuffed, we tried the pink peppercorn ice cream which somehow managed to be both peppery and sweet. A good thing to try for those who collect obscure ice cream and gelato flavors.

It was not a cheap meal, but it was one of the more memorable ones I've had in recent memory.

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