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Mott Street

Mott Street

Duck Hearts and Strawberries - grilled with basil and celery
Duck Hearts and Strawberries - grilled with basil and celery

When we decided to go to Mott Street with our friends, I was honestly pretty excited.  I love the creativity involved in Asian fusion, and most of all, I love sharing dishes so no one ends up eyeing someone else's extremely appetizing-looking food.

But for the "appetizers" at Mott Street, I ended up eyeing my friends' bites.  The duck hearts and strawberries were beautifully plated, but each of us (there were 5 of us) was only able to try one piece.  Unfortunately, the duck heart itself didn't soak up much flavor so it was a bit bland.

Left: Spring Training - Letherbee gin, Breckenridge bitters, Chase elderflower, Meyer lemon, Acqua di Cedro, Creme de Violette Right: Kimchi cocktail with ramen powder
Left: Spring Training - Letherbee gin, Breckenridge bitters, Chase elderflower, Meyer lemon, Acqua di Cedro, Creme de Violette Right: Kimchi cocktail with ramen powder

Thankfully, we had ordered some amazing cocktails.  Spring Training was a peppery refreshment that carried me through the beginning of the meal, and Andrew's kimchi cocktail was a burst of savory and spice that contrasted nicely with some of the dishes.  While we were ordering cocktails, we found out that there has been a price surge on limes because the cartels are highjacking lime trucks down in Mexico.  Thus the "Market Price" for select cocktails.

Brussels Sprouts - wok fried with lamb pancetta and maple brown butter
Brussels Sprouts - wok fried with lamb pancetta and maple brown butter

You MUST order the Brussels sprouts because Mott Street has perfected that char, and you can't go wrong when lamb pancetta is involved!

Left: General Tso's Lamb Sweetbreads - peanuts, orange marmalade, soy, chili Right: Oyster Mushrooms - pan seared with thyme and miso butter
Left: General Tso's Lamb Sweetbreads - peanuts, orange marmalade, soy, chili Right: Oyster Mushrooms - pan seared with thyme and miso butter

Then came two dishes that we wished we had order double of.  The lamb sweetbreads had a nice crisp to them, and the miso butter was spectacular when we dipped the oyster mushrooms in it.  However, they certainly are not a decent amount for more than two, maybe three, people.

Everything Wings - crispy wings glazed with soy, jagger and dried chilis, tossed with sesame, poppy seed, fried shallots and served with tzatziki
Everything Wings - crispy wings glazed with soy, jagger and dried chilis, tossed with sesame, poppy seed, fried shallots and served with tzatziki

I'm really glad two of my friends pushed for the Everything Wings because these were my favorite of the evening!  And I'm extremely glad the waitress suggested we get two orders of it since there are only three wings in each order.  They were crispy as described, but what made them special was the slightly sweetened sticky glaze that made me want to lick my fingers clean after eating these wings!

Crab Brain Fried Rice - crab brains, Chinese sausage, coconut, bean sprouts, lime
Crab Brain Fried Rice - crab brains, Chinese sausage, coconut, bean sprouts, lime

We were told to mix up this crab brain fried rice, but I'm not quite sure how we were expected to do so in such a tiny bowl!  Technicalities aside, this fried rice had a lovely mix of savory flavors except for the somewhat fishy taste from the crab brains.  On the bright side, they really stood out in the mix!

Beef shank noodles - handmade egg noodles, scallion, ginger, doubanjiang and bone marrow
Beef shank noodles - handmade egg noodles, scallion, ginger, doubanjiang and bone marrow

WOW.  This broth blew me away.  It soaked up all the proper flavors from its ingredients (mostly the huge chunks of tender beef shank)!  Finally a dish with some substance!  We loved everything about this bowl of noodles except for the type of noodles used.  I wish noodles that are thinner and less dense were used so that they would soak up the flavors in the broth, but that is just preference.

Collar of the day - Yellowtail pan fried, on the bone, crispy skin
Collar of the day - Yellowtail pan fried, on the bone, crispy skin

Healthy protein of the evening?  Well, as healthy as we would get that night, anyways.  This yellowtail collar impressed us with that perfect sear and slight glaze.  The chefs really made this collar their own; I'd highly recommend ordering it!

Lamb Belly Ribs - chickpeas, dill pickles, gremolata
Lamb Belly Ribs - chickpeas, dill pickles, gremolata

I love lamb, and these lamb belly ribs were extremely tender.  I loved the play of contrasting sour, sweet and savory flavors that are infused into the meat, which literally fell off the bone!  Mmm mmm mmm!

Stuffed Cabbage - napa kimchi stuffed with pork butt and sticky rice, pan seared
Stuffed Cabbage - napa kimchi stuffed with pork butt and sticky rice, pan seared

We felt that we still needed another dish (mostly of my grumbling stomach), so we ordered the stuffed cabbage, which came highly recommended from our waitress.  Once it was set on the table, we ooh'ed and maybe even ahh'ed at the vibrant colors, especially under the light of the setting sun that shown through the huge windows.  But one taste and we realized that the kimchi was a complete let-down; it was lacking in spice and the vibrant flavor that normally accompanies its color.  Yet, the pork butt was cooked very nicely!

Mantou - yeasted doughnuts, chocolate ganache, condensed earl grey
Mantou - yeasted doughnuts, chocolate ganache, condensed earl grey

What a SERIOUSLY disappointing end to the meal.  We were still hungry so we had to order the enticing-sounding mantou on the dessert menu.  However, these are the densest mantou we've ever had (if you've had mantou before, they should be fluffy and soft), and the condensed earl grey that paired with them was down right unappetizing.  The gooey chocolate ganache was this dish's only saving grace.

Tips:

  1. Order A LOT for appetizers, and definitely order the Everything wings, which are a must have.
  2. There's a lot of street parking nearby.
  3. Make a reservation - this place gets quite busy.  And I would definitely go just for the drinks!
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