Ambiance: ☆☆ ½
Must try: The Tasting Menu
Veteran Chef Saul Bolton has been bringing thoughtfully prepared, seasonally inspired plates to Brooklyn for well over a decade now.
What began as a modest neighborhood restaurant on Smith Street in 1999 has maintained its demure persona whilst tendering stellar food.
Saul has earned itself a Michelin star and 2 stars from the New York Times food critic. These accolades speak for themselves when you try their Crudo of Bluefin Tuna topped with crunchy rice crackers that give just the right amount of crackle to melt in your mouth fish. The Potato Crusted Cod is one of the best renditions of cod I have ever tried – though I didn’t much care for the artichoke and olive bed it lay on.
The desserts were not as impressive as the courses before but by this time we were blown away enough to get the essence of the place. The flawlessly friendly service at Saul and genuine homey warmth, is a testimony to why this spot has stood the test of time.
Here is some of what we ate:
Crudo Of Bluefin Tuna
Vermont Creamery Bijou Button
Cauliflower Soup, Madras curry, coriander
Roasted Baby Beets, spice rye, horseradish yogurt, dill
Roasted Atlantic Cod, brussel sprouts, wild mushrooms, red wine sauce
Crystal Valley Chicken Breast, chicory, polenta, wild mushrooms