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Haven't seen too much written on Roy Choi's new restaurant, Sunny Spot yet. A quick reflection...

nlk | Dec 12, 201106:14 PM

The Cuban sandwich was great. The meats used it in made it different than others I’ve tried without being too gimmicky on the “nose to tail” front. I would have liked it spicier than it was, to bring out some of the flavors more, but it was still quite tasty. And I’ll definitely order it again.

I was underwhelmed by the “greatest of all time” goat. I know it’s been talked up a lot, but the sauce lacks complexity, and it was hard to even tell it was goat (some ppl might consider this a good thing, I guess) but I like my goat where I’m battling bones, and where it’s obvious to everyone it’s not beef or pork. I’ll take Tigeorges goat over this.

That said, I’ll eat Roy Choi’s pickled mangoes 7 days a week. Maybe I’m a sucker for pickled produce, as I dig his pickled pears and carrots at A Frame—those mangoes that come with the goat were rockin.

The Squid and coconut dish was fantastic—could have used a lot more heat. For some reason, this, along with the sandwich held back on the spice. They were still great, but this could have been something that would bring me back again and again if the spiciness were allowed to play off that coconut sauce. (I’ll order it again and just ask them to not be shy about the spiciness).

I’m trying to think about how to describe the plantains—I guess they were like candied plantains, slightly hard, not in a stale way, but reminding me a bit of candied ginger—not the taste but the feel. I like a more traditional plantain far better than this. Straight ahead versions at a typical Cuban, Haitian or Salvadoran spot work better, imho.

The server brought us an order of the cole slaw, as he said it went great with the goat. It was solid—super fresh with almost a hint of fruit in it, but not overly fruity, just fresh, I’d almost call it refreshing—which is, of course, the opposite of what I usually think of for coleslaw.

Sweet Potato with cookie and ice cream, and salted caramel squares for dessert were solid, if not the most memorable desserts in the world.

I’ll be back to try more. Would love to hear others’ thoughts…

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