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Balaboosta Restaurant – New York, NY

Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NYMint Lemonade

Balaboosta Restaurant

(1) 212 966-7366
214 Mulberry St
(Btw Spring – Prince Streets)
New York, NY 10012


12:00m – 3:00pm    Tuesday   –   Friday
5:30pm – 11:00pm    Monday – Thursday
5:30pm – 11:30pm    Friday – Saturday5:30pm – 10:00pm   Sunday
11:00am – 3:00pm    Saturday – Sunday

Continuing our culinary journey of the week, we made our way down the street to Balaboosta., with a top recommendation from the lovely May at Paulino’s.  Here we were lucky to have one of THE most impressive meals we’ve had since, well, last night.  Because truly, Paulino’s was excellent.

However, Balaboosta is a step beyond in refinement, taste, construction and delicacy.  Our third ‘small-plate’ was a truly world class gazpacho.  It featured a cantaloupe base and was embedded with Almond Brittle and Jicama-Mint relish. The mix of the sweetness of the cantaloupe combined with the fresh tomato and  hint of spice from the relish make this as flavorful as fresh garden with the lightness of a granita.  As we are wont to do, we ordered a second Gazpacho for dessert!

There is a varied selection of vegetarian appetizers and pizzas.  Standouts being the  Fried Olives with Organic Labne & Harissa Oil and the Smoked Eggplant Bruschetta accompanied by an Herb & Citrus Salad.  A treat is the the Humus, which is served mashed by hand in a Mortar with the pestle included so you can mash to your hearts content!

The dessert we chose, listed simply as Wild-Berry Crumble with Whipped Cream, was truly surprising in the most wonderful of ways. What was left out of this overly simplistic description in the menu was the custard créme at the bottom of the ramekin.  It added a beautiful sweetness that just made the entire body sing.  The mix of blueberries, strawberries with red & black raspberries put just enough tart into the dish to really excite you about the vanilla-bean laden sweet créme.  We plan on going returning to Balaboosta just for this dessert!

The brunch service is also quite creative – thank you for no Eggs Florentine or Normandy!  There is a delicious coconut french toast and Shakshouka – the Moroccan dish of Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato bell pepper sauce with Spinach. The green scrambled eggs with feta is another lovely palette for both the palate .  Let’s also not forget the grilled breakfast pizza with caramelized onions, spinach, zucchini and organic eggs. Yum!

Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NY Green Scrambled Eggs, Served with Quinoa Hash Brown, with Feta, Tomato, Feta and Arugula Salad
Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NY
Grilled Breakfast Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Spinach, Zucchini, Two Sunny Side Eggs, Feta and Za’atar
Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NY
fried olives(above photo ©Jeffrey Tastes)
Fried Olives & Organic Labne, Harissa Oil
Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NYMalabi custard, with nuts, and orange sauce

Ottolenghi – London, UK

ottolenghi in london
(above photo © Foodie Hunter)

Ottolenghi Nottinghill
(44) 020 7727 1121
63 Ledbury Rd  London. W11 2AD, UK
Ottolenghi Islinton
(44) 020 7288 1454
287 Upper St. London N1 2TZ, UK
Ottolenghi Belgravia
(44) 020 7823 2707
13 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB, UK
Ottolenghi Kensington
(44) 020 7937 0003
1 Holland St.  London W8 4NA, UK


8:00 am – 9:00pm   Monday  – Friday
8:00 am – 8:00pm  Saturday
8:30 am – 6:00pm   Sunday


Israeli Chef Yotam Ottolenghi has reaped his countries wealth of powerful ingredients and food culture to create a haven for vegetable lovers.  After purchasing Mr. Ottolenghi’s first book “Ottolenghi: The Cookbook” we became immersed in the brand new flavors he produced, and that we were now capable of learning at home.  Combining heretofore unthought of ingredients, it is not often that a cooking book can truly transform you thoughts on food, but the Ottolenghi Cookbook really changed culinary world-view.

After a year-long love affair, we found ourselves in London, and of course needed to experience first hand that which we had been making.  Many times this can be disappointing, as expectations can be built too high.

Ottolenghi was everything we had hoped it would be, and more.  With each dish being both delicious and beautiful.  Our experience at the Notting Hill location started from us peering in the window and just admiring all the delicacies laid out.  One could see the myriad of flavours in the swirling of colors.  Upon entering, the smell of freshness wafted over, pulling us in further.  We  sat at the communal table and ate a bit more then we should have, but ever morsel was love; and you can never have too much love.

Luckily there are 4 Ottolenghi restaurants dispearsed throughout London, so you should not have to long commutes once you realize you can go back again and again.

Yotam Ottolenghi also has a column in The Guardian  newspaper and his new book Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi has recently been released to the delight of chefs and food-lovers everywhere!


Ottolenghi  -  London, UKTomato, olives and pesto soup
Ottolenghi  -  London, UK
Mint tea
ottolenghi salads
(above photo © Foodie Hunter)

Ottolenghi  -  London, UK

Roasted butternut squash with tahini yogurt, pine nuts, chili, red onion and coriander.
Roasted baby carrots and grilled courgette, orange reduction and pea shuts.
Basmati and wild rice with dried cranberries, lemon zest, mix nuts and herbs

Ottolenghi  -  London, UK

Just looking at these pictures is making me salivate 🙂

Matsuri – New York

Matsuri  -  New York


212 –  243  6400
369 West 16th Street
(bet 9th & 8th Avenues)
New York, NY, 10011


Unfortunately closed now 2013

The word Matsuri means festival in Japanese

At the Maritime  Hotel

Chef Tadashi Ono’s wonderful Matsuri transports you directly into the Edo period-  giant paper lanterns  vaulted ceiling, dark wood floors,  jade-green ceramic tiles all create an ambiance to rival a movie set.  Born in Tokyo,  Chef Ono started his career at age 16, and then moved to Los Angeles to train at La Petite Chaya and L’Orangerie.  He then moved east to NY heading up the kitchens at La Caravelle Restaurant; nine years later he opened Sono on 57th Street and now we are so lucky since 2003 to have Matsuri.  Where, in the lushest of environments, Chef Ono presents authentic Japanese comfort food.  Flying in organic grains daily from Japan and offering more than 200 kinds of sake.

Special items for us include:

  • Kinpira – Sauteed and Simmered Burdock
  • Goma-ae  Spinach
  • Hijiki salad  in soy and sake
  • Kampach  sashimi with yuzu and green pepper sauce
  • the shishinto peppers in dashi
  • Mushrooms baked in parchment paper contain all their juices and flavour (ordered everytime)
  • Nasu Shigiyaki  –  Japanese eggplant grilled with miso sauce   so sweet and delicious
  • Black Cod marinated in sake paste and then grilled so perfect each bite falls effortlessly
  • 18 grain rice
  • Lotus roots, the perfect snack with a fresh Aldentéd sake crunch
  • The sushi and the sashimi are very fresh and clean
  • on the sweet side, the warm chocolate cake melts with every bite

Keep an eye out for Chef Ono’s new book:  Japanese Hot Pots; where he directs you to the creation of hot pot meals.  Recipies from the book will be featured in the restaurant’s menu as of late September 2009.

Matsuri  -  New YorkEdamame
Matsuri  -  New YorkBar

Matsuri  -  New York

Matsuri  -  New YorkKampachi  sashimi with yuzu and green pepper sauce
Matsuri  -  New York
Lotus Roots
Matsuri  -  New York
Kinpira (sauté and simmer Burdock)
Matsuri  -  New York
Uni and Fatty Tuna Sushi
Matsuri  -  New YorkMushrooms baked in parchment paper
Matsuri  -  New YorkGoma-ae  Spinach

Matsuri  -  New York

Matsuri  -  New York
Main Dining Room

Matsuri  -  New York

Matsuri  -  New York