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After rewatching the episode that Chef Anthony Bourdain (@NoReservations) preaches his love for bottarga, I had to have some.
Even his wife’s thick Sardinian accent made this salted grated fish roe sound so unbelievable.
Basically they take the pouch full of roe from mullet or tuna and then salt cure it for 1-2 weeks.
After salt curing, grate as needed.
Voila – you have bottarga.
So I saw it on the menu as a side at NoodleCat (@noodle_cat) so I had to order it.
I was not impressed.
I was hoping to be punched in the fishy face - but I was dainty greeted with wisps of barely there fish.
I got more action in a tide pool on a windy day.
Maybe I just needed some fresh pasta w/ olive oil for #mixamixa of Bottarga.
I guess I’ve never seen Bottarga served at a Japanese noodle house before.
Maybe I should sprinkle Bottarga on Ottavia…
BTW-follow her hilariousness on the Twitter @OttaviaBourdain
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…
To round out our “Tour de Bruell”, we visited Table 45 (@TBL45).
Tour de Bruell consists of L’Abatross, Chinato, Parallax and Table 45…And yes, it’s more neato to say “Tour de Bruell” than “the restaurants that Zack owns”
Now Table 45 is more like a bistro located at the bottom floor of the Cleveland Clinic Intercontinential Hotel, a fairly nice modern interior.
As you valet your car, you walk into a beautiful marble floor walkway…most likely remnants from a former restaurant Classics, this larger than life map exudes decadence unseen in Cleveland…espically at 100th st and Carnegie Ave. Awwwwkward.
BTW-don’t be early as their “waiting room” is almost like the psych room at your local ER.
But luckly, the restaurant was relatively empty for a Friday evening.
Drink orders were taken immediately and despite the waitress not knowing what bourbons are stocked, I now understand why.
Menus and complimentary bread was nice, esp these dipping dishes which allowed you to titrate the amount of oil on your bread. Great planning and bonus points on the grated square dish.
Edamame served steamed with salt-$4
Can’t really screw up edamame huh?
Escolar (Super White Tuna)- $5
This was definitely super white. Delicious!
Unagi (Fresh Water Eel) – $6
Note: As our readers know, this is our marker for sushi at any restaurant. Good…but needed a bit more crisping on the torching and alot less sauce. Technically, the sauce should be gently brushed on…not doused.
Mussel and saffron chowder-$8
This was just OK. I could clearly see the four mussels that were placed in the chowder. Dear Zach-n-ator: Saffron is so delicate! Why would you pair such a robust bivalve with such a delicate flower? Either you hate saffron or your favorite children are mussels. Overall, I’ve had better chowder.
Duck confit: Duck confit atop a bed of spinach tossed in a cherry vinaigrette with candied cashews, pickled red onions and tart cherries – $12
This salad was inconsistent by all our guests on our table. One plate got candied cashews, one didn’t, one plate never saw the cherry vinaigrette, etc…seriously, who’s expiditing at Table 45? When we correctly portioned and all ingredients from various plates, the salad was delicious. The different textures of sweet salty crunchy nuts to soft tart cherries was great. We wished that each dish had all hands correctly plating for our entire table. If it matches the description, I’d definitely order again.
Personal note: I don’t like the plates.
Signature plates = weird. I liken this special plate to tattooing my name above my dick to remind the girl who’s blowing me of my name.
Chinese Style noodles: Chinese style noodles with BBQ pork, tossed in a Chinese black vinegar sauce with garlic oil and scallions – $18
Three easy points on this dish:
1. Oversauced and over powering, I assure you, the heavy-handed Chef on the line at this station IS NOT Chinese. By the 7th bite, our lips were puckering from all the sauce.
2. When serving dishes with chopsticks pile-driven masted straight up and down in the food(like the sword in the stone), it is a sign of death to your customer. No matter where you are, it is an insult to serve Asian food like this. Ni hao-make some Asian friends.
3. Zacky-poo…just call it Hoisin. They sell it in Giant Eagle.
Butternut Squash Ravioli: Butternut Squash and Truffle Ravioli with Sage Creamed Spinach and toasted hazelnuts, drizzled with balsamic reduction and white truffle oil – $18.
The best dish of the evening as this ravioli was delicious and incredibly flavorful. Also appreciated the simple balsamic reduction and truffle oil. Really great stuff.
Lobster meatballs and Fettuccine: Lobster meatballs with fettuccine bell peppers shaved fennel tarragon and fried shallots tossed in a tomato and chardonnay creme sauce – $24
Whoa. Lobster meatballs?
Various sushi – various prices
Surprisingly, Zack-a-muffin’s sushi was good.
Glad to see an actual Asian chef behind the sushi bar. Kudos on that.
Speaking of rice – “Sticky rice” – $6
Yes on rice, no on sticky, and not worth $6 for a side. NEXT!
Braised pork: Braised pork with a bacon and chihuahua cheese stuffed potato coquette, haricot vert and charred tomato sauce – $21.
The meat was unseasoned as the pork tasted as it was braised in a pot of water for an hour. As you can see, the sauce was used to cover up “seasoned” pork (if it at all seasoned). Yo Zack, suburban mom’s have made better braised pork with a crock pot…get in the game son!
Embarrassingly enough, your godzilla sized coquette was the same size as your pork. The advertised bacon was MIA and the delicate chihuahua cheese was lost in the fray of the burnt tomto sauce. Speaking of sauces, this sauce should not be spoken of ever again. Burn something else. Now unless Chef Bruell has some limp dick syndrome, these are NOT how his haricot verts were intended.
Limp, soggy and cold - I’ve seen more wood at a nursing home! Of course contrast is definitely nice, but again, timing is key in plating…and the expiditer should be held accountable.
Our dessert? We ordered ice cream and hose made sorbet. After what seemed to be 25 minutes, our waitress casually walked back and informed me that they have run out of vanilla ice cream. I said to her not to worry and cancel the order. She exclaimed that they have already plated the guava.
***Ice cream break: How can you run out of vanilla ice cream? WTF peeps?!!?!??! Cold hard fact-vanilla ice cream is still the most popular flavor ordered.***
I again said to cancel the dessert order. Her offer of free cup of coffee was nice.
Our waitress was incredibly friendly, but needed an assist from Boobs McGee (the Manager) when figuring our bill. Sheeeesh.
But in true form, since Table 45 has not updated their twitter since July 12, 2010 or his TBL45 blog on December 14th, 2010, – I highly doubt that Zack or his team will read this within a month.
So raise a glass lads as I can now easily say that Table 45 likes it limp.
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…