Meet a Brit at The Breslin April 3, 2010
Stilton, Scrumpets and Crisps. Oh My!
The Breslin is attached to the oh so hip Ace hotel. This is nice, because you can choose to have cocktails in the hotel lounge where there are couches and such. But the past three times I went to this lounge, no dice finding a seat. And this space is not a good standing space. Everyone sitting on their comfy sofas, are pretending it’s their personal living room, people watching, and judging those NOT in seats.. I think I’ll pass.
The second option is to go to the bar at The Breslin…. Much preferred! Let me sit at a bar and drink my slightly dirty martini in peace without feeling those judging hipster-wannabe eyes on me.
A few things to know about The Breslin before you go:
1) The cocktails are great, but expensive (at least $12 a pop, my dirty martini was a whopping $15)
2) Only go if you’re a carnivore that likes to experiment
3) You’ll actually want to go to the gym the next day
The Breslin Bar has phenomenal bar snacks! My friend Tracy went straight for the Beef & Stilton Pie… a tiny little meaty cheesy pie that’s literally four bites of happiness. She ordered another.
A personal warning that the “spiced almonds” should be called “spicy almonds”. A British guy at the bar, talking it up with Tracy, thought I should have known better since it was “spiced”. But I’m sorry; there is a difference between spiced and spicy. This Brit was cute, but thought putting me down was supposed to be funny. When I asked him to repeat something I couldn’t hear, he asked if I was deaf. Is that funny or what?
Other snacks come in adorable travel friendly packages. The pork scratchings brought me back to my Atkins Diet days. I forgot how good light and crispy fried pork skin could be, and the Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt Crisps were addictive.
After enduring another four or five insults from “The Brit”, he asked to take me to dinner sometime. I was absolutely dumbfounded. Maybe I just need to learn how to play tougher in the schoolyard and finesse my sarcasm skills? OK, bring it on Mr. Brit. I consider it a challenge!
Dinner was great. Get the famous lamb burger with the thrice-cooked chips. After just two bites of this juicy burger I announced to the table, “I’m coming back to get this again!”
It was cooked beautifully medium rare and the combination of special sauce and meat-to-bun ratio was PERFECT. I highly recommend it.
The thrice-cooked chips (aka french fries) kind of astounded me. They were super crispy on the outside, yet soft and mashed potato-like on the inside.
My take on the Breslin -
The bar is a great place to have a drink with a friend, or meet new friends. The dinner menu is extremely limited if you want to eat healthy or on a budget. I truly hope the menu changes with time. The Breslin has a fabulously sexy and fun atmosphere ideal for dates and group dinners. Sadly, the food is not for everyone. I like to think I’m an experimental foodie, but I would never order the Stuffed Pig’s Foot or Fried Head Cheese with Sauce Gribiche.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention the suckling pig dinner at the chef’s table. Great idea. It’s $65 per person for a real feast next to the open kitchen. I watched ten Asian men devour an entire pig and lots of sides (see photo below). Should I have asked to be their geisha girl for the evening?