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Surprising Meal at Suppenkuche!


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Surprising Meal at Suppenkuche!

chefinthecity | Sep 5, 2006 10:17 PM

Although I live only 2 blocks from Suppenkuche, I am always hesitant to go there for dinner. Its due to the hectic service, the shared tables (usually since I go with my boyfriend, and not a party of 4 we get tacked on awkwardly to someone else's group) and the usual disappointing food.

My boyfriend and I found ourselves hungry and with no where else to go on Labor Day night for dinner. Il Borgo - closed! Sauce - closed! My restaurant was closed as well, so I understood. But we were hungry and the only places open were Fritjz (WORST CREPES EVER) and Suppenkuche.
We decided to take the plunge, and headed in for dinner.

After a 15 minute wait, we were seated.... tacked on awkwardly to a party of 4's table. It took about 10 minutes of waiting to receive menus. They were totally swamped. I decided to order their "special" entree - a grilled skirt steak with potato gratin and black truffle butter. I ordered it RARE and my boyfriend orded the pan-fried whole trout w. lemon and butter sauce. He always orders this and I've found it to be the only consistantly good thing on their set dinner menu.

We never received water - and only after my boyfriend asked the waitress - TWICE did he receive a water.... by that time, we were about done eating. But our entrees came relatively quickly - and I'm shocked and surprised to say that... my steak was great!
It was definitly NOT rare - but in this case i'll let it slide - they were extremely busy and skirt steak, being that it's such a thin cut, can be hard to cook rare. It was medium rare-ish - a little closer to medium. But it was juicy, not dried at all - and the truffle butter was great. Yes yes, of course, how can you mess up anything with truffle butter - but it was done well. The butter was melting all over the steak, and it wasn't overly truffly or overly buttery. The potato gratin that accompanied the steak was good as well - layers of potato with cream and parmesan and a hint of thyme.

All in all - my entree was outstanding compared to the sub-par dinners I've gotten there before.
I hope they put it on the permenant menu!

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