Last week we went for dinner in Fort Greene to a restaurant that could best be described as Eclectic, Fusion, New American. So now you know exactly what type of food it serves right?
No. 7‘s menu is very different…and the descriptions of the food items do not do it justice! I really liked the atmosphere…half casual bar and half restaurant it was very warm and inviting and would also be a great place to enjoy dinner or just a cocktail at the bar. We were greeted with delicious bread, a warm bean spread, and pickled cucumbers. Already, off to a good start! The four of us all wanted the same appetizer…how could you pass up fried broccoli? So we ordered two for the table and I tell you…our plate was licked clean!
The batter tasted like there may have been cheese in it and the black bean sauce with the sweetness and lightness of the grapefruit and salad really all went well together. If you think you don’t like broccoli I have a solution…batter and deep fry it!
Three out of the four of us went with the arctic char and I have to say, this was one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever eaten! The broth was salty in the best way possible and the fish perfectly cooked. But the star of the dish were the nuggets of fried artichoke hearts…must try recreating these at home because Adam and I were both raving about them!
The fourth diner was brave and went for the lamb stuffed cabbage…lamb for me is hit or miss as it tends to be a bit gamey some time (Note: if you want good lamb…run to Frank’s Kitchen in Toronto). This lamb was ground with rice and stuffed in cabbage and braised for hours and hours in a broth that was so rich I could have just had a bowl of that.
All in all…one of the best dinners I’ve had so far since moving to NY…and if you’ve been reading, I’ve had my share!
I also did some cooking last week…a recipe on the Food Network caught my eye. I changed it up a bit to boost the flavor with some different spices…the verdict? It was good, but needed a bit more spice. So we topped with some sirracha (which really makes everything taste good!) and it was much better. Sorry, no picture….but you get the recipe so it’s not a total loss!
Tofu and Eggplant Curry (Adapted from The Food Network)
1 onion, chopped
2 Japanese eggplant, chopped
1/2 tbs minced ginger
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 14 oz can whole plum tomatoes
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1 14oz can lite coconut milk
1 block tofu, cut into cubes
3 big handfuls of baby spinach
Quinoa or Rice for serving
Heat oil in pot over medium high heat and add onion and saute until soft. Meanwhile, drain tomatoes, reserving juice, and crush tomatoes in separate bowl. Add eggplant to pot and cook about 2 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, jalapeno, and cook another 2 minutes. Add spices, tomatoes (not juice) and cook until you can smell the spices. Add tomato juice and cook until slightly reduced. Add coconut milk, tofu, and simmer until the eggplant is tender. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and serve with quinoa or rice.
Have a great Monday everyone!