Best of May 2015
July 11, 2015
I took a break from Cuisinivity to mourn the loss of some dear family members. I didn't feel right to blog about what I ate or cooked during such a sad time. Almost one month has passed since their beautiful memorial service and I believe they want us to go back to our regular lives and enjoy what we like. Their life was so full of joy and happiness, surrounded by good food and drinks and so many good friends and family. Life is so unpredictable and I am reminded to appreciate each moment of our lives and do whatever makes you and your loved ones happy. It may be true that obsessing about food is a waste of time and money for many people, but for me, it is always a tool to connect with people and the way I can make others happy. So here I am. I will keep my passion for food and cooking and hopefully I can provide more happiness to others.
May is my husband's birthday month. We always try to make the Birthday week filled with fun and good food. We visited several of my favorites and new places to celebrate. I really enjoyed a couple restaurants but amongst all the ones we tried, I pick Bâtard for the best of May 2015.
The restaurant is very spacious with a simple but luxurious decor. It was stunningly beautiful with several gorgeous cherry blossom arrangements and a backdrop of gold-embossed wall paper. Their seating was very comfortable and spacious.
You pick either a two, three or four course meal and you can choose an extra savory dish instead of dessert if you would prefer that way. We decided to go with an all-savory three course meal but we ended up getting an extra first course compliments of the restaurant. So I regretted I did not pick one dessert to share.
Marchfeld Asparagus with quinoa, proschutto, and quail egg (top left)
Lobster salad with avocado, fava beans, and jicama (top right)
Octopus "Pastrami" with braised ham hock, ponnery mustard, and new potatoes (bottom)
All the first courses we had were so beautiful and delicious. My favorite was white asparagus with crunchy quinoa on the top and proschutto and quail egg. But the most impressive one was the octopus pastrami. A little bit chewy but it was an absolutely beautiful dish.
English pea tortellini with burrata, caraway, and pesto (left)
Fennel tagliatelle with clams, uni, and basil (right)
The best of the whole dinner was the fennel tagliatelle. All my favorites were in this dish and it was crazy good. I would love to eat this again.
Roasted Amish chicken (left)
Branzino with artichokes, Romano beans, and tarragon coulis (right)
Their main dishes were less interesting than the rest of the meal but I still loved them. I was already full by this point so that is probably why I found it hard to be excited. The branzino was beautifully pan-seared with a super crisp skin but I wish it was a little more moist than it was.
I am always impressed with the service at most of the top NYC restaurants. I am sure it is very competitive to get a job at a place like Bâtard and they did not disappoint me. Their service was attentive and very polite and it was a very well manged restaurant.
Food, service, and atmosphere were all top class and I enjoyed the evening at Bâtard very much.