There and back , again…

I’ve never blogged the same restaurant twice, before, but last night I met some friends for dinner, and I suggested we go to Palo Santo, in Park Slope; the meal was so great I felt compelled to share it with you. Since I’ve blogged the restaurant before, I won’t repeat myself as to the decor and the chef (the fabulous Chef Jacques Gautier), but I’ll dive head first into the food (the waitress informed us that the menu changes slighty almost daily).

Miggy, Daisy, Silvana (on the far left), and Christina

We started out by ordering a fews apps for the table to share. We ordered the Red Snapper Tacos, the ceviche of the day (Grouper Ceviche), the Cranberry Bean Soup with pork and black kale, and the Avocado ( an avocado half, dressed with a little lime, olive oil, and red onion, served with the cutuest little homemade tortillas I’ve ever seen in my life! Chef Jacques graciously sent over a sampler plate of pickled chiles for us to enjoy with our appetizers.I’d say we were off to a good start!

Snapper Tacos with Guacamole and Daikon Radish

Grouper Ceviche with all the traditional garnishes

Cranberry Bean Soup

Assortment of Pickled Chiles and Mini Tortillas

I’d love to have something to complain about, quite frankly, but everything was just that good! The tacos were absolutely delicious, the ceviche painstakingly fresh and citrusy (sp?) , and the soup was perfect comfort food against the autumn chill (cue Oliver Twist, “Please, sir, may I have some more?”). We accompanied the course with a bottle of ‘05 Bouzat Tannat from Uruguay, that had lovely raisin undertones and an almost grapefruit finish. We all took a deep breath, and prepared ourselves for the next course.

Chef Jacques spoiled us with a lovely course of perfectly Pan Seared Foie Gras with Mango/Watermelon Pickle on a crispy crouton and a gorgeous pomegranate reduction that offered the perfect amount of acidity to the unctuousness of the foie gras. This dish was almost as wonderful as Chef Jacques dimples!

We were all in agreement, that this was absolutely a wonderful beginning to what was turning out to be an amazing meal. Silvana and Christina decided to share the Pan Roasted King Fish with Roasted Sweet Plantain and Hot Slaw. I have two words for you, folks: Wheeeee Doggy! I love the way this man composes a plate, with the perfect balance of texture, sweet, sour, salty and sweet!

The sweet plantain is roasted in its own skin, keeping it moist while roasting, and the spicy hot slaw was the perfect contrast to the mild kingfish. Miggy’s dish was nothing short of a marvel, as well. She ordered the Roasted Suckling Pig served with yucca in a sour orange reduction and sauteed greens. Well, you all know what a roasted pig snob I am, but I am here to tell you that this pernil rivaled mine! Garlicky and briny, it had the perfectly lacquered, crispy skin that we all dream of, while the meat was moist and sweet. Have mercy!

That brings us to my entree, a Braised Boar Shank that was served with raisins and aji panca, on a bed of quinoa. Remember waht I mentioned before about balancing a plate? This is another perfect example of Jacques’ brilliance. The meat was fall off the bone tender, with a sauce that was sweetened from the raisins, but spicy from the aji panca, and the creamy/crunch of the quinoa was a hit with all the girls! Can I get an AMEN?!

Silvana and Christina are dessert girls, so we decided that since we were on such a roll, we might as well, go for broke! We ordered Chocolate Mousse that was perfumed with a sweet dessert wine from Uruguay, a Tamarind Creme Brulee that was absolutely decadent, an Upside Down Pineapple Cake that was flecked with coconut, and a Cafe con Leche Ice Cream that was garnished with salty Marcona almonds. Somebody make this stop, ‘cuz it hurts so good!

As Silvana licked the last of her Tamarind Creme Brulee, she looked up at me and said, “I’ll definately be back!”. Yes you will, sister…and so will I! This was waaaay too much fun!

Palo Santo

652 Union Street btwn 4th and 5th Ave

718 636 6311


8 Responses to “There and back , again…”

  1. 1 Bonnie November 6, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    I really must not read/look at these kinds of posts before dinner. 😉

    Your hair looks awesome!

  2. 2 daisy November 7, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Thanks, Bunny! …and the idea IS to whet your appetite! ;-)!

  3. 3 Christina November 7, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    WOW, I still cannot believe that Migui and i managed to squeeze our butts into the back of Daisy’s Hot Little Red TWO SEATER Sportscar. GOOD TIMES MAMA!

  4. 4 daisy November 7, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Woooohoooo! Like I said, waaaaaay too much fun!! oxoD

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