We kicked off a rare summer Friday in the city with a friends 30th birthday bar crawl at Charlie's Kitchen and bowed out after a few beers because - Little Donkey. These chefs (Ken Oringer + Jamie Bissonete of Toro + Coppa) are my favorite! The fact that they are doing something entirely different here has been highly anticipated and so.much.fun. My only gripe was the uni. There was barely a bite each of it to be found in that spiny black shell. I expected luscious, overflowing, bight orange sea urchin and was definitely disapointed! For me, it doesn't warrant spending $18. Everything else is fair game. The best dish that we ate was the Wok Fried Chow Fun. Runner up was the Monkfish Biryani. The Cucumber Feta Salad was a surprise from the kitchen - so nice of them to send that out!
Oysters ($3/each) Crowes Pasture (Dennis, MA) + Kusshi (British Columbia, CAN)
Live Santa Barbara Uni ($18) dashi, uzu, chicharon
Black Pepper Popovers ($14) Wagyu Steak Tartare
Charred Avocado ($5) Pepitas, yogurt, pomegranate molasses
Cucumber Salad ($9) feta, buttermilk, spicy peppers
Wok Fried Chow Fun ($15) soft shell crab, rice noodles, mushrooms, escargot,
calabrian chili, black beans, green curry.
Monkfish Biryani ($16) basmati rice, saffron cashews, cardamom
Octopus a la Plancha ($16) (unpictured) charred onion vinaigrette, potato tostones
Matcha Pofiterols ($9) hot fudge, pocky sticks
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