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Melt my heart!

March 25, 2011 , , ,

Oh my Lord did M and I have a meal last night.

First, let me tell you how nice it was meeting for a late dinner. We have both been so busy that our schedules haven’t allowed for much of our Terrific TV Tuesday on Wednesday extravaganzas. Plus Gossip Girl is on break so we don’t really have much motivation to lounge around on the couch. Never mind that work has been keeping me late and then M has other stuff and then I have other stuff. It’s a hot mess. Needless to say, it was really great to sit down and spend sometime with her last night. I’ve been in one of those moods too where I’m really missing having a roommate. Not that I want to get one again, but I’ve been thinking back on it a lot, especially when’s it raining and I have no one to check the weather with. And when I go out of the house completely not matched and there’s no one to catch me. Or when I’m completely hung over and there’s no one to share my morning hangover smoothie with and show someone the really great jacket I got at Nordstrom rack when I was drunk shopping the night before. It really is the small things. But I digress…


Melt was awesome! I’ve walked by this place so many times going to and from yoga. I never get close enough to actually see the food. If I had, I probably would have gone a lot sooner because their food is amazing.

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First, let me tell you that this place is very civilized. I know, it’s sounds ridiculous but, after the day I had yesterday which included rushing all over town, eating soggy sandwiches, dealing with interns and rushing to get there – walking into a dim lit dining room with a curved bar and good looking people all around, civilized was the first word that came to mind. I was immediately put at ease. Not lying, it did help that they sat me right away and basically shoved a glass of wine in my hand.

Overall, the staff is really nice and the waitress was wearing a hot pair of glasses I wanted to snatch off of her face and run out the door with. And the Dine-In Brooklyn menu was pretty great and very diverse (but not overly so) which helps immensely when it’s been a long day. It’s posted here.

The portions were huge!

I went with the duck nachos. The duck was minced and there was a light sprinkling of juicy chopped tomatoes on top. I do wish there was less nacho, more cheese and that the jalapeños were chopped up just a little bit. One bite of those suckers and I was gone for a hot minute.

For my entrée I had the Cornmeal Crusted Whole Dorade, Saffron and Olive Risotto with a Cilantro Lemon Sauce. It also came with a healthy side serving of kale, which was probably supposed to be decoration, but I found it delicious. I enjoyed the Risotto but again, the serving was huge so I had a far time getting through it, especially after the whole fish I had a great time picking apart. I did almost have a few missteps with the bones but ended up ok. My father would be so disappointed.

M went with the Bourbon Braised Pork Ribs for her entrée. They tasted like pork-flavored butter. If that is unsettling to you, don’t let it be because it’s the best thing on earth. And her truffle grits completely blew my mind. In the end, I was glad to go with the fish because the Pork Ribs were a heavy dish.

We both went with the Cherry Cabernet Crème Brulee, which was really different that what I was expecting. I’m not sure what I was expecting but this wasn’t it and that’s not a bad thing. The wine and the cherries were pretty prominent cutting the sweetness in the crème brulee that is generally too much for me.

We split the wine pairing, $25 for 3 courses, which gave us 3 full glasses. Not a bad deal. The bubbly at the end with the Creme Brulee was my favorite. The hints of orange in it were lovely with the cherries. The most disturbing one was a Brooklyn wine, which neither of us liked. My experience with Brooklyn wine is that there is an inexplicable after taste of….well Brooklyn which is never a good thing.

I can’t wait to go back for brunch.

If you want to see the entire listing for the 2011 Brooklyn Restaurant Week check out Visit Brooklyn and their lame PDF.

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