Annisa, NYC 5

April 3, 2009

On March 28, 2009, Nan, John, Linda and I dined at Annisa before an excellent production of Our Town at the neighboring Barrow Street Theater.  We ordered a bottle of Selene ‘Hyde Vineyards’ (Carneros) Sauvignon Blanc. This was nnaeventually followed by a bottle of Newton Merlot Claret (Napa Valley). We enjoyed both of the wines. Little hors d’oeuvres cups of salmon and salmon roe were put on the table.

Nan’s first course was
Field Green Salad with Fresh Herbs.

Linda and John started with
Seared Foie Gras with Soup Dumplings and Jicama.

This is a signature dish of Annisa and is always good, although the dumplings with tea smoked soup inside can be tricky to eat. You need to put them on a spoon with your chopsticks, then bite off one end to start the soup flowing into your mouth as you eat the whole dumpling.

My first course was
Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Yogurt and Lentils.

This was surprisingly good. The middle eastern spices were assertive and consistant with the regional theme of the whole dish.

Nan started with
Mackerel with sunchokes and an orange-anchovy vinaigrette

Linda’s main course was
Miso Marinated Sable With Crispy Silken Tofu in a Bonito Broth

The tofu is coated with a custard and then deep-fried. The crust on the fish is crisped very well. Another very good signature dish of the restaurant.

John went on to
Pan Roasted Farm Chicken with Sherry, White Truffle and Pig Feet.

He liked this hearty dish.

My main course was
Pork and Beans

The loin of pork had been nicely seared on the outside; it was tender and flavorful inside. There were rich black beans underneath and crisp tempura-fried green beans on top for a nice contrast. Very good.

We didn’t have time for dessert, but there were lovely little mignardises: pineapple mini-popsicles, candied ginger and iced chocolate bon bons. 

We went out and down Barrow Street to the theatre with John pointing the way.

The meal had been uniformly very good, as it always is at Annisa. We recommend it; we will be back.

To se our last meal at Annisa click here.

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