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Street review

Nicole | Apr 7, 2009 04:38 PM

We ate at Street on Saturday night and the experience was good overall, but as exilekiss reported, "uneven." The first issue was service. To begin, when I got there they could not find our reservation in the system. They were apologetic, and managed to accommodate us at an outdoor table that was nice but incredibly just barely fit 2 plates and 2 glasses, and there was actually a third chair next to it...3 at the table would have been physically impossible! (Incidentally, while we were waiting for said table, another party came in and they couldn't find their reservation in the system at first either. But eventually it was discovered that the staff had made a typo and theirs was found. Ours never was.)

We got the "globe trot" tasting menu (5 courses for $35 per person, and we added one dessert that I believe was $8).
1) We started with a Korean mung bean pancake with pork belly, kimchi, and hot mustard sauce. This was good, had a nice kick to it.
2) Next we had a Vietnamese dish consisting of corn with pork belly bits. This was lso good, the sweet corn and salty pork belly complemented each other nicely.
3) Next we had "American cobb salad." Honestly, this was a very good salad, but we were puzzled by its inclusion on our "globe trot" menu at Street because it was neither global nor street food. So while it was a good salad, it just wasn't what we were looking to eat. (I mentioned this to our server when he asked for feedback on the menu at the end of our meal.)
4) Spicy Thai noodles with tofu. This was their version of Pad Thai, and I actually liked it a lot. The spicy sauce was very good, and the flavor was a bit different than what I've typically experienced at Thai restaurants. The noodles could have been a bit firmer, but they weren't mushy (as exilekiss experienced during his visit). So I definitely enjoyed this dish but at the same time I felt a bit disappointed, because even a good rendition of Pad Thai just isn't that exciting.
5) Egyptian chicken with braised greens and kushary. This is the kind of dish I was expecting when I first heard about was flavorful AND it was exciting and different (as opposed to dishes like cobb salad and pad thai). The chicken was very moist, and the kushary and greens were delicious.
6) Finally we had dessert: Egyptian basbousa cake soaked with lime juice, served with macerated blueberries and whipped cream. This semolina cake reminded me a lot of a sweeter corn muffin, but the citrus flavor brought it to a higher level, and I thought it was pretty good. Not amazing, but definitely interesting and enjoyable.

Oh, I should also mention that we had two non-alcoholic drinks that were actually really good: the "sanbitter sunburst" which was really tart and tasty, and a ginger drink that was also tasty and quite refreshing. I remember that these drinks were inexpensive, given the quality...maybe $3?

Overall, while most of the dishes didn't quite impress me, it was an enjoyable experience. Not as exciting as I had hoped (that was the disappointing part), but enjoyable nonetheless. I would return again to try other things, but I would definitely 1) make my reservation online rather than calling so that they can't screw it up, and 2) choose off the menu myself rather than "globe-trotting." Usually a tasting menu of dishes chosen by the chef has some of the more exciting items, but in my case it had some of the least exotic items on the menu. That said, I did think that the dishes were largely well-executed and tasty. That's why I do want to go back and try more dishes. It's weird, I don't often leave a restaurant somewhat disappointed, yet wanting to try more!

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