I’ve been wanting to check out Chef Andrew Carmellini's new spot in SoHo and see if it lived up to the hype. Minus the not so hospitable greeting from the hostess, the food was definitely memorable and I still talk about it.
We started off with the eggplant dip with savory chips. The surprise was the kick at the back of the throat from the refreshing dip. You can definitely tell the savory chips were made fresh and the assortment of spices on the top was perfect addition to the creamy dip.
Then we shared beer-steamed clams with benton’s bacon and it was just amazing. The savory bacon with clams along with the thick pieces of toasted bread and the hint of beer was the perfect snack.
For the main I ordered the black fettuccine with octopus, rock shrimp with calabrian chili. It seems like it would be a heavy dish but it was surprisingly light. There was no need for any heavy sauces. The light broth that served a kick that brought out the flavors of the seafood. A dish I would totally recommend and probably order again.
Julie ordered the smoked ricotta ravioli with tomato and herbs as her main. I typically don’t order ravioli because I make it at home and try to get something different when I dine out. Julie was kind enough to give me a bite (such a great friend) and for the first time I can say this ravioli dish was delicious. The ricotta just melted in your mouth. It was cooked perfectly and definitely NOT the one you would get at a catering hall at a friend’s wedding.
Be sure to visit and test it out for yourself. Bon appetite!
The Dutch is located at 131 Sullivan Street New York, NY 10012.
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