So. I am now officially booking all of my trips around Restaurant Weeks in various cities. This is what I had for dinner at Asia de Cuba:
Beef Dumplings Two Ways, the fried ones with plum sauce, the steamed ones with coconut rice and mango ponzu,
Thai Spiced Salad, with crispy coconut,
Honey-Rhum Glazed Pot Roast of Pork, with bok choy, plantains, and Enoki mushrooms,
And Coconut Invasion layer cake, which led to all sorts of off color joking at the table.
All of it was $35.
But the cocktails, my friends, those are worth a splurge. The cocktails will leave you educated.
I’m irritated by drinks that out-price gold by the ounce, but arrive with sugared rims that pucker your mouth compared to the syrupy sludge in the glass. If I wanted Kool-Aid, I wouldn’t pay $14 for the pleasure of having you chill it in a shaker, barkeep. At Asia de Cuba, we had pleasantly bitter Caipirinhas, mint-forward Mojitos, and a Mango-Passionfruit Margarita that still felt like a reasonable way to treat good tequila. That’s not easy to do.
In short, I’ve gained 15 pounds in the last three days. But you know who doesn’t care?
The Gnome loves me just the way I am. At least I assume so. He has that “I adore you, despite your ill-fitting jeans” look in his eye, you know?
I find that very attractive in a gnome.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. We’re just good friends.
But that was a fine meal.
Does your city have a version of Restaurant Week? Any recs for restaurants that do it right? Also, can I crash on your couch after dinner?