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Overall CID rating 2.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: quiet conversation, sesame creme brulee

Thumbs Down: value for the dollar, macha and red bean green tea

Recommendations: Leave your credit card at home, it’s cash only.

“CID Highlight” – Sesame Creme Brulee: CID rating 3 out of 5

Sesame Creme Brulee

This dish reminded me of the the divine green tea creme brulee I had at Upstairs. Though it doesn’t compare because the flavor of the sesame was not infused into the creme brulee like the green tea was but I am a big fan of anything sesame. So the scoop of sesame ice cream and sesame crisp was enough for me to enjoy this creme brulee dish.
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After many battles and much hesitation, I found myself at the front door of Momofuku Ssam Bar last night. Countless negative reviews from my trusted friends that have been to the Momofuku Noodle Bar have kept me away. But the never ending praise for the Momofuku Ssam Bar from top notch critics and magazines kept me wondering, “Could there really be such a difference between two shops that are owned by the same chefs and have the same influence?” I’ve never been to the noodle bar and don’t plan on it. The opinions are unanimous and I don’t have the luxury of spending $$$ just to confirm for myself that a place is bad. As for Momofuku Ssam, I had to try it not just for myself but for my fellow cids that are always kicking themselves for trying a place for the hype. Let me save you the time and money by going myself. Yes, I am a bit sadistic.

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Alas, it’s that time again when the senses in our bodies are awakened while our bank accounts can take a breather. For our first experience of Restaurant Week, we chose EN Japanese in the West Village. The tantalizing and traditional menu whispered sweet little words in my ear, “come and experience”.

As we entered the unassuming glass doorway, we were presented with high ceilings and an open kitchen that would make even the savviest of chefs shy away. Though it seemed a bit cluttered with a variety of serving dishes piled high, it actually added character to the atmosphere. There was a hum of quiet chatter from the already seated guests. Some were there for business, others for a birthday, or just enjoying good food with good company. We were the latter.

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