I had a 9:30PM reservation for Saturday night and while waiting for our table, spotted Ben Towill, the chef and a partner of The Fat Radish, celebrating the restaurant's 1-year anniversary with dear friends and champagne. How fun!
Even with a reservation on the later side, we waited 30 minutes for our table. They didn't seem to be efficient in turning over tables as I noticed ours had been empty for nearly 10 minutes before we sat down.
For starters, we ordered the Scotch Egg and the Duck Rillette Terrine. I recommend both! The Scotch Egg was unusual in that the whole egg was crusted with meat and fried. I'm a sucker for anything fried (or heck, even double-fried!) so I enjoyed it, but I think frying it took away from showcasing the freshness of the egg. The Duck Rillette Terrine had a subtle smoky flavor and was served with onion jam and crispy bread. The smokiness and soft texture of the terrine was fantastic!
|Duck Rillette Terrine with Onion Jam and Crispy Bread (Source: StarChefs.com)|
The winning dish was definitely the Celery Root Pot Pie. You know how the smell of freshly baked pot pie can make you stop talking mid-sentence? It makes your eyes dart trying to figure out who you've got to pounce to grab a bite, fork in hand. Yes, that is what Fat Radish's Celery Root Pot Pie evokes. Once you break through the flakey crust, a pocket of steam escapes that has a lovely hint of celery. Meat-lovers, do not be deterred. While it is an all-veggie pot pie (as far as I could tell, but confirm if you must!), it is filling and hearty. My hubby in Neanderthal-form is the type that would be chanting "meat, meat, meat!" but he also thought it was spoon-lickin' good!
|Celery Root Pot Pie|
The Lamb Loin with Maitake Mushrooms, Market Spinach and Red Mustard was cooked well but was not worth the money ($24). It was the opposite of what we expected as it came with a lot of veggies and not a lot of lamb (four tiny slices). Following the steamed Vegetable Plate, it was veggie-overkill.
|Lamb Loin with Maitake Mushrooms, Market Spinach and Red Mustard (Source: StarChefs.com)|
The Fat Radish is great for date night or with a group of friends. There was a constant buzz of conversation, but it wasn't so loud that you couldn't hear the people at your table. The space is cozy and unique with a hint of history; look up towards the pillars against the wall and you'll spot Chinese writing as remnants of its former days as a sausage factory.
|Chinese writing inside The Fat Radish (Source: http://thefood-life.com)|
Piggy says yes!
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