So Finally I’m writing about my biggest passion, Food & Drinks! I chose to do my first post on this subject at a place that I’ve been dying to go for some time now, Emmer & Rye. It’s not even that the restaurant has been open for a long time (it just opened on November 7th), but because I am often around the Rainy St. area and I’ve been monitoring the changes and evolution of the space. The design is sweet and over all, it looks like a very nice place to spend the evening.
Lets start at the spot. It’s very spacious with 3 different areas; patio, dining room and bar. Each of these spaces is separated with different but equally modern furniture lending a relaxing mood.
I chose to sit at the bar and chatted briefly with the host and waiter. Both were super nice and accommodating, happy experience so far…
Drink Menu, veeeery nice, big White & Red wine selection, plus a “Pink & Orange” wine option (Of course that’s what I chose 😉 ). They also have a small but nice cocktail list, featuring classics with a twist, like the “Pasado de Moda” (Spanish for “Old Fashioned”) made with Tequila, grapefruit bitters and cinnamon. Yummers!
Their beer selection is small but substantial, their Scotch/Whisky program is bigger, as far as drinks go, you’re pretty much covered…
I perused the bar food menu. At first it was confusing because it’s not thematically defined menu. It has Hispanic inspiration, some Italian, American, and bits from everywhere else. After trying some of it I was impressed by it’s quality.I stuck to the Hispanic inspired cuisine and went for 2 amazing dishes, a Lamb Pozole with Hominy and Cabbage, and The White Bolito Arepa with Lamb and Pork Merguez sausage, relish and Crème fraîche.
First I got the Pozole, and it was DE LI CI OUSSS!!! I’ve had Pozole every way you can imagine, but this one is something else, the hominy is so fresh & meaty, complementing the Lamb broth and meat like you cannot believe! They also brought me “Roti” which is neither tortilla nor bread, but something in the middle. I had never tried it so I asked the server about this amazing thing that was making my pozole even better; he told me the Pastry Chef made it based on his Grandma’s recipe. This completely made sense; those flavors and layers of flaky softness are nothing mass produced — let me tell you!. As we were talking, the Pastry chef happened to pass by and the server was kind enough to introduce him! He explained that Roti originally came from India. This type which they make in South America (where his family is from) its way more flavorful since it’s not only meant to accompany dishes but it’s supposed to shine on its own, as well. In the Caribbean every piece of the meal is supposed to be as flavorful as they can imagine. This is no exception, it does shine like a diamond, shine bright like a diamo-o-ond (sorry, I had to) I just cannot explain how good that thing is.
Aaaany way, I was almost full now, the portion of Pozole was generous plus, I almost finished my big and glorious Roti, so I was making an effort at this point, when along came my corny Arepa. The Arepa was filled with amazing sausage, subtle relish and to my surprise, perfectly bitter Okra that when combined with the Crème fraîche nearly made music. So much goodness out of this place! This plate is not too small either, so keep that in mind, because I didn’t and I had to leave without having dessert which is sad but then again, it gives me a very decent excuse to go back soon! They had some stuff listed that I’m dying to try, like 3 Leches Cheesecake!.
Oh and FYI the orange wine was delicious! It’s orangy, not overly dry, and just the right amount of sweet. I would have it again whenever!
The promoted highlights about this restaurant are Farm-Table ingredients, Seasonal/changing menus & dim sum service, so there is a lot to look forward to here. The prices are not crazy, and the service is outstanding, plus the 90’s music goes well with everything, so there you go, a feast for all your senses!
***** No time/will to read and want a short review? Delish, not very expensive, totally worth it 😀