But I’m Still, I’m Still an Animal

August 10, 2011

in bakeries/cafes/dessert places, dessert, restaurant

Abe had a Dodger Dude Date last night so I made my own lady plans with Michelle and Andrea. Hmmm….where to go without my vegetarian husband?

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There’s no sign on the door, but Animal has been very popular with the carnivores since they opened.

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Despite it looking empty, there were no tables free – I had left a message on Monday for a reservation, but they never got it. Luckily, we arrived just as they opened, so there was seating left at the bar.

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The menu is dizzying, filled with animal parts I’ve never heard of. Small plates, ranging from $10-$35.

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We got a few dishes to share, starting with one of two vegetarian options – the shaved zucchini salad with pecorino, purslane, and sungold tomato

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Smoked trout salad with corn vinaigrette, benton’s bacon, and crema

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Hamachi tostada, herbs, fish sauce vinaigrette, and peanut

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Michelle ordered the foie gras with biscuit and maple sausage gravy. I wasn’t too keen on eating goose liver, but I did try a bite. And then another one. (This actually wound up being my favorite dish.)

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Finally, the barbeque pork belly sandwiches with slaw

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Andrea doesn’t really eat pig, so Michelle and I each had our own slider. This is one the restaurant’s most popular dishes; a little too fatty and vinegar-y for me.

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But all in all, the food was terrific! I definitely want to come back with other meat eaters and taste more.

We decided for a change of scenery after dinner.

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Susina is a bakery/cafe that I’ve been to a couple times, but never blogged about.

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Along with caramelized pear tea, I ordered a slice of the signature “Berry Blossom Cake” – described as “3 layers of Vanilla Sponge Cake brushed with orange liqueur, filled with white chocolate mousse, and fresh berries. Decorated with curmbled meringue and white chocolate shavings.”

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But I tasted no orange liqueur, no meringue. Definitely no chocolate mousse. That was whipped topping on there. I think they gave me a regular shortcake instead?!?

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Nonetheless, it was delicious – I attacked almost all of it. Cause I’m an animal.

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