“Traif” is the Hebrew word for any food that is unkosher in the Jewish faith. Things like pork and seafood are not supposed to be eaten according to Jewish dietary laws. If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed that I tend to enjoy the unkosher foods very much. If you haven’t noticed that yet, I think this restaurant review will change that! Traif restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has been on my “to dine list” for quite some time. After immaculate infatuation rated it as one of the best restaurants of 2011, I quickly gathered two other foodie friends, and we made a trip to Williamsburg to try out this pork and seafood heavy small plates spot.
Before I get to the food, I have to say the service at Traif is top notch. Our waiter was so helpful in advising us on what to order and what to avoid (which doesn’t always happen). The service throughout our entire meal was just flawless. It was suggested that we order about 2-3 dishes per person…not an easy task when literally, everything on the menu sounded amazing! But, we buckled down, made our choices, and settled in for a pig heavy meal…I mean, this is why we went to a restaurant called “Traif” right?
I don’t have a bad thing to say about any of the dishes we ordered. Each one was perfectly cooked and spiced, with such interesting flavors. Yes, the food was rich, but not too rich…just the right amount to make you want to continue to eat more! If you’re going to force me to pick some favorites, I’d have to say the scallops and spicy tuna were up there. The combination of the egg yolk, foie, and ham chips was unbelievable. The crisp pork belly mixed with the delicious romesco and cauliflower was also out of this world. Basically, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything you order at Traif.
This was honestly the most perfect bite of fruit I’ve ever had! If I would have taken a picture of my friend’s face when she put it in her mouth, you could have seen how delicious this was. Definitely something I need to recreate. So Traif proves it’s not all about the pork…but they sure have a lot of that and know how to cook it! We were debating about the bacon donuts for dessert because we thought, how could we NOT try those. But our wonderful server let us know that he would not choose them. So we thanked him tremendously, and went to Ample Hill for some delicious ice cream instead. A wonderful evening of delicious eats, I went to bed one happy eater!
I almost forgot…by request, I’ve added some of my fave Toronto restaurants to the restaurant section. Hope this helps my T.O. readers find some delicious eats!