Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chinatown Brasserie

We woke up this past Sunday a little too late because of the spring ahead change in time. The plan was to go to Chinatown for dim sum but we figured it was already too late and most of the good stuff would be gone.

Instead we headed down to Chinatown Brasserie where we knew we could get some good food, albeit more expensive.

We walked in around 1:30 and the place was packed! The entire waiting area was filled and there were no empty table. Luckily there were a couple of open stools at the bar.

I decided to try out one of their cocktails and ordered a Bellini martini.



This was little too sweet for my tastes. There was way too much peach puree and not enough prosecco. I wouldn't order one of these here again.

For starters we got some pan fried crab, shrimp and spinach dumplings.



These were a little bland. I was expecting a little more flavor from the crab but there was hardly any inside.



I'm not usually a big fan of the sauce they send it with so that didn't help. I thought the skin would be nice and crispy since it was pan fried but I guess I was wrong.

For our main dish we ordered the Crispy Orange Beef with orange zest, chili's and grand marnier.



This was excellent. The beef had an interesting texture of both crispy and chewy that I really liked. The sauce had a hot and sweet orange flavor that was wasn't too rich and syrupy like most places you get it. I really enjoyed this dish.

We also ordered some soup dumplings which would have been great except the dumpling dough itself kept sticking to the steamer. Every time we picked one up the dumpling would ripe and we would lose precious drops of soup. I'm not sure why this was happening but it kind of ruined the dumplings.

Overall I did enjoy our meal. If the dumplings hadn't had the ripping problem they would have been spectacular. And I did enjoy having a fancy atmosphere for eating dumplings. It's a good alternative for those days when heading to Chinatown proper just isn't in the cards.

Chinatown Brasserie

1 comment:

cdarcy said...

Hello !
I am a Blogger and web developer (and artist) who has been trying to improve the blogosphere for Bloggers. The problem? Too many irrelevant press releases. Also, hard to make money.
So I invented Blogio, which is a pipeline between marketers & bloggers. The idea is to let marketers choose their niche and write RELEVANT material that bloggers might care about. Also, share the revenue with the Bloggers.
This week, we (finally) officially launched. We’re testing this new concept to see if it works. So, we have our first half dozen orders from marketers. And your blog happens to be in a niche requested by one of these marketers.
I’m asking you to take a look at Blogio. If you like what you see, open an account (there is no charge) and expect good, relevant content from Blogio. If you don’t like what you see – well, I tried. (Your comments & suggestions are welcome).Even though you don’t know me, I ask that you take a leap of faith and consider my sincere goal – to help the blogging movement grow and prosper. Below is a snippet of the communique that we believe you would be interested in reviewing:
Opinionated About Dining Releases Results of First Dining Survey Troisgros ( Roanne , France ) and Urasawa ( Los Angeles ) Named Top Restaurants   March 12- Opinionated About Dining (OAD), in its first published fine dining survey, provides a list of the100 best restaurants of North America and Europe selected by well-traveled restaurant goers……
Please consider following the links provide here to review the entire communique. We only ask that you use the following invite code to associate your account to the information relevant to your interests
To Read the entire communiqué use this Invite Code:
08bbf4e4-d9cf-4a95-af37-7a4cc9da7d21
Thanks for your consideration of Blogio.
Respectfully,
Ric Dragon
President
Blogio
Learn more about Blogio.com