It all began with dinner Saturday night with more good friends from the T-dot. Feeling the usual pressure to show them a good dinner, I chose Surfish, a Park Slope Peruvian restaurant I’ve heard great things about…and the chef was on Chopped champions! I thought I could not go wrong with this choice. And I half didn’t. The dinner was off to a rocky start when we arrived for our 7:30 reservation and were seated in the “heated” patio. I use the term “heated” lightly because it was really cold! And when I made the reservation, no one informed me that this could be an option, which I think is poor service on their part. Luckily, there was a table finishing up and after ordering drinks, we were moved inside.
These complimentary plantain chips, blue corn chips, and delicious crunchy corn pieces were a good move in the right directions. And when our ceviche and soup appetizer arrived, I was even happier. I had heard amazing things about Surfish’s ceviche, and it did not disappoint.
The soup was also so rich and creamy and perfect for a cold night. Unfortunately, here is where things started to go wrong again. After clearing our appetizers and waiting a very very long time, our waitress came and cleared our cutlery and asked if we were ready for dessert…now this was kind of funny considering we were still waiting for our mains! Finally, the kitchen got things straight and our mains arrived.
Something just didn’t taste right about the mahi mahi…I thought it was overcooked and dare I say, a tad fishy tasting. The sides were very good, but not good enough to make up for the star of the plate. If I were to go back to Surfish, I would definitely go for a large order of one of the ceviches and a soup…it seems they shine in their tapas section much more than the larger plates. Still a fun night with amazing company…which continued a mere 12 hours later at Locanda Verde for brunch. Now this restaurant was a HUGE hit! I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many “mmmms” at a table before.
Every table seemed to have this brunch appetizer and let me tell you, YOU HAVE TO ORDER THIS! It should be a rule at Locanda Verde because the flavor and freshness of ricotta was something I’ve never experienced before. With the slightly burnt orange toast, oh my gravy! Adam and I decided to go with halvsies (and I mean split down the middle exactly) with a sweet and savory item…a good decision on our part.
The frittata was perfectly cooked with deliciously creamy goat cheese and the pancakes were so light and airy and went very well with the extra ricotta still on the table. Our four other friends also thoroughly enjoyed their meals and this is one place where I will definitely have to break my “never go to the same restaurant twice” rule.
Sunday evenings dinner out was not a restaurant…but it very well could have been with the quality of food that was had! My food loving (even as much as me if you can believe it) friends invited me over for a meat and potatoes meal…but this was no ordinary meat and potatoes.
The steak was perfectly cooked, seasoned with asian flavors and these potatoes were the crispiest, oven fried potatoes I’ve ever had. Maybe they will post the recipe???? I was told the secret was to soak the potatoes for 10 minutes in warm water before baking and then bake covered for the first 10-15 minutes so the potatoes can steam and then uncover, and flip half way.
Don’t worry, we still got our greens in the form of a very light and fresh, shredded romaine Caesar salad. Thanks friends for an amazing meal!!! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!