11.10.2013

dinner at chez sardine

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pickled radish with bonito flakes

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pork and unagi hand roll

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chopped beef with uni

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shrimp toast made with cornbread

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stuffed squid with rice and tobiko

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foie gras grilled cheese

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Chez Sardine is one of my current favorite restaurants in the city. The ingredients are really simple but the flavor combinations are stupefyingly original - kind of makes you want to say... why didn't I think of that? salty pork and sweet smoky unagi paired together in a hand roll? GENIUS. chopped beef tartare with a beautiful piece of fresh uni and sushi rice? excuse me while i go in that corner and my tastebuds explode. And I know I don't even need to say much about the foie gras grilled cheese, that just about explains itself. butter, foie gras, bread, and tabasco is a culinary quartet that could melt away the most icy discerning palates into a pool of grilled cheese worshipping fanatics. The restaurant is super small so make sure to make reservations ahead of time. And please order that chopped beef, you'll thank me later.