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Telepan for Brunch

9 Aug

Telepan is one of those restaurants that I have always heard good things about, meant to try, and would forget about soon thereafter.  I was browsing through OpenTable.com for a brunch place in the Upper West Side (it’s on 69th Street just east of Columbus Ave), and when Telepan came up with an open reservation, I was delighted to finally be able to cross it off the list.  

We were warmly greeted and shown to our table.  Bread came out fast and it was my favorite type of brunch bread basket: lots of different things to try.



And the jam and butter were especially good!



We did the brunch prix fixe for $32, which included the breads, apps, and entrees.  First out was the apple sausage with poached egg, duck prosciutto & watercress.  It was all well balanced, well dressed, and quite tasty.  



We also tried the house smoked brook trout with potato-chive blini & sweet onion sour cream.  It was the most mentioned dish on FourSquare tips, so why not?  This was one of those moments that FourSquare proved its value to me. I would have never ordered this without the recommendation, and that would have been a shame.  This had great smoky flavors, excellent texture, and a great balance.



For our entrees, Mike, surprise surprise, got the burger. It was one of those burgers that was almost too high to get into an average sized mouth, but Mike overcame this hurdle and somehow ate it.  And it was good.



I got the Lumberjack, which had scrapple (which is kind of like a pork scraps cake), canadian bacon, buttermilk pancake, and sunnyside up eggs.



The combination of flavors and textures made this into a really great dish.  The scrapple was especially delicious and crispy.  A really great brunch dish.




I really enjoyed our meal at Telepan and I’m surprised it took me this long to try it.  I want to go back for dinner in the near future and try some more dishes.  But if you’re looking for brunch on the UWS, Telepan is a great choice!

They also participate in Restaurant Week, and have picnic baskets to take with you into Central Park, and Sunday night Burger Night. In case you needed another excuse to go.

Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10

Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10

Kefi: Restaurant Week Menu

31 Aug


We were on the Upper West Side and in need of a place for dinner.  I had heard very good things about Kefi, and realized they were still running their Restaurant Week special.  This Restaurant Week menu had a lot of items off the regular menu, and I realized the regular menu was also very well priced.  

Mike started with the Kefi salad.  It had feta cheese and was dressed very well.





I chose the grilled octopus with bean salad.  Now this… this was a show stopper.  I like octopus just fine, but it’s never something I LOVE.  This octopus?  I wanted to take it out to dinner, buy it wine, and beg it to come home with me at night.  It was perfectly grilled, with a bit of char, and not a hint of chewiness.  If this is what octopus always tasted like, I would probably eat it exclusivity.



For our entrees, Mike got braised lamb shank with orzo.  The lamb shank was tender with full flavor and an awesome sauce.  I usually would have been very jealous of this entree, but mine was even better.




I got the shrimp, orzo, feta, tomato, and spinach.  It was all baked into a delicious bowl of amazingness.  It reminded me a bit about very adult mac & cheese made Mediterranean style. It was sensational.  I was stuffed half way through but wanted to finish every last bite and lick the plate.





For dessert, Mike got ice cream. One was toasted sesame and the other was maple walnut.  Both tasted homemade.  Delicious!  




I chose the chocolate mousse and halva with sesame ice cream. I love halva and as thrilled to have it in the dessert.  The mousse was delicious and rich, but I had eaten so much of the previous food that I really didn’t have room for it.  



Overall, Kefi was a surprise and a delight.  I cannot believe people are flocking here in herds. Especially after I learned that it was opened by Michael Psilakis and Donatella Arpaia.  With heritage like that, and food this good, Kefi should be packed every day. But it wasn’t. So go there. Now.  Before the secret is out!

And bring me back some of that octopus.  

Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10

Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10