Monday, 24 December 2012
Last night we came by and it was packed. Today we went back at 4pm when it opens and hope that we can get a table as there were no free reservations for the night. When we got there, there was already a few parties sitting at the entrance waiting ... you are kidding me. But we were lucky and was able to get a seat at the dinning area. As the night began, the seats filled up quite quickly. The restaurant was very dark with low lighting and a candle on the table that is hardly bright enough to read the menu. There was a lot of variety on the menu, from starts to burger to sandwiches and mains. It took us awhile to decide what to get, basically anything that is weird and abnormal that you can't get everywhere.
The portions were larger than we were used to (I guess that is different than Canadian portion). First started off with the buttermilk fried chicken livers. It was hot off the fryer and it was a big chunk of livers and not just little bits and pieces. The buttermilk batter was thin and you don't just taste the thick chunk of breadcrumbs. Excellent way get people to eat chicken livers!
Next dish was the duck liver pate with grilled bread. The pate was served in a jar instead of just a normal block on a plate. It was a good sizable portion of pate, plenty to spread on our bread. The pate was more like a mousse texture so ti was easy to spread. It was so delicious. I wanted to lick the jar clean.
Then came the bone marrow with grilled bread. The bone marrows were big so there was lots of marrow to dip with the bread. It came with 4 different kinds of seasoning - sea salt, onion, capers and gremolata. I still like the sea salt the best with the bone marrow. By this time, we were really getting full after the 3 dishes.
Our last dish is the sweetbread tacos. The sweetbread was crusted with some chili topping so there is a spicy kick to it. The sweetbreads was very tender. And then it was topped with avocado, jalapeno, corn salsa and pickled red cabbage. It is the first time for me eating it as a taco but it works.
There was more dishes we wanted to try but we were just too full. It was worth the wait and coming back again early to get a table to try.
Meat & Potatoes
649 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222