I had been hearing buzz about The Breslin for quite some time, so when we were in the neighborhood and Mike suggested we see if they had any open seats, I was completely game.
They have an open kitchen in the back, and I was particularly amused by their decorations, which included “stuffed heads” that looked like stuffed animals and, as you can see in the picture below, pig toys hanging from meat hooks.
Everywhere you looked there was something clever and cute. (Look closely below to see the cute stuffed animal zebra “mounted head”)
Mike and I started with the Terrine Board, which had guinea hen with morels, pork pate, headcheese, rabbit & prune, and liverwurst, and was served with pickles, piccalilli, and mustard. (Or at least I THINK that’s what it was). Whatever it was… it was GOOD.
Even the bread they served it with was perfectly crunchy.
We then tried the scrumpets with mint vinegar. I cannot for the life of me remember if these were pork or lamb, but it didn’t much matter. After much Googling, there does not appear to be a definition of scrumpets really out there. So let me define it simply by describing what these were…
Slow cooked, melt in your mouth, juicy meat encased in a breaded, crunchy, fried (but not greasy), case that tasted a bit like heaven when you bit in. There you go. Scrumpet: A taste of heaven
We also had to try the burger, since everyone kept talking about how awesome it was. It was a lamb burger with feta (we got the cumin mayo on the side).
It needed no cumin mayo. It was perfectly cooked, perfectly juicy, perfectly charred, and perfectly delicious.
The dessert menu was called “Evening Puddings” and was a great selection of delicious sounding desserts.
We chose the dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream and brown butter bourbon sauce. YUM YUM YUM. I want to go back and try more of these (ok… and the breakfast menu… and more off the dinner menu)
This was a fantastic meal. It’s one of those places that I’m kind of glad isn’t next door, or else I would be a lot fatter. Everything was cooked to perfection with great ingredients and clever pairings. Absolutely delicious. And if you go, get the Scrumpets!
Total Nom Points: 8 out of 10