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Review of Pardes In Brooklyn


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Review of Pardes In Brooklyn

azna29 | Nov 16, 2010 07:52 AM

Went there over the weekend as we happened to be in Brooklyn and this restaurant was suggested on another thread as a more innovative place. They don't seem to have a website where the menu is posted (although they are on facebook) so i'll provide some info. The menu had a few categories, vegetable appetizers, fish appetizers, meat appetizers, fish entrees, meat entrees and desserts. The menu reads like an upscale non-kosher place where you don't know what half the stuff is i.e. marinated boquerones with red pepper, caper berries, arugula, lemon dressing. Apparently boqueroes is a kind of anchovy.

Anyway, we had the following-

Fries with home made ketchup and mayo- chopped garlic and parsley were sprinkled on them- these were very good.

Salt Cod Crab cake- came with guacamole and tartar sauce- your basic fish cake, kind of greasy and too mushy on the inside. nothing special.

Arugula Salad with Beets- This salad was great. We ordered it as a throw away just to have some salad- but it was a big hit. there was chopped black olive in the dressing and the beets were perfectly cooked. it worked beautifully.

Fried Smelt- I think they were smelt, they were small fish, battered and deep fried. These were good except the sauce looked like thousand island dressing and was too sweet. This needed a lemon/olive type dressing to counterbalance the oiliness of the fish.

Chicken Milanese- This was dissapointing. It was fried chicken fingers topped with some sort of smoked veal (I guess to sub for pancetta) and a tomato arugala salad. The biggest problem with this dish was the sauce on the bottom. Again, it was a thousand island type sauce that was too sweet. A nice savory sauce would have brought all of the elements together and made it more than the sum of its parts but the weet sauce just ruined it.

Brisket Sandwich- Best brisket I have ever had hands down. Even better than non-kosher. It was smoky, fatty, black peppery, every bite was amazing. We discarded the bread which was very hard crusted and then too soft white in the middle. This came with fries. I think if this came more like a southern plate, with a few slices of brisket, mashed potatoes and gravy and some corn- this would be a dish worth travelling for.

Olive Oil Cake, lavendar ice cream and chocolate mousse. The olive oil cake was a total disaster. Unbelievably dry and tasteless. We didn't touch it after the first bite. The chocolate mousse was good. Lavender ice cream was ok.

Pistachio french toast- 2 pieces of french toast with some sort of pistachio flavored jam in the middle. Good, but I can make this at home. The ice cream that came with this was very strange - I think it was fruitcake flavored-it had those little jellies in it. There was also some chopped banana with fresh mint and some sort of lemon on it. That was the best part of the dessert, that banana was amazing.

The portions were a good size and the prices were also good. All of the above came out to about $110. The service was also very good. We were the only ones in there but they were very attentive and especially nice.

I will definitely go back next time I have a special occassion. If I lived closer I would go way more often. Its a very nice break from, shawarma, pizza, chinese food.

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