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Posted by Barbara on 10/03/2007
Went with my husband for a romantic tuesday night dinner , last week, reservation was for 8.45 PM and we were seated promptly, the atmosphere is elegant and very warm, the tables are a good size and there's a considerable distance between them so you can have privacy, the only problem is that between the people and the music the place ends up being very loud, it definitely needs something on the walls to absorb the noise. We had the spicy duck meatballs and the pork belly as appetizers, both wonderful especially the pork belly, tender and crisp at the same time. As entrees, I had the sea bass and my husband the roasted guinea hen, they were both flavorful and perfectly cooked, the portions were hearthy. Dessert of panna cotta was the perfect end, finally, our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu, no attitude and a constant attention made the experience a pleasant one, we'll definitely go back.
Posted by Donna Marie on 09/27/2007
Perilla has received many positive reviews but there was some criticism that the menu wasn't edgy enough. Most of us would trade reinventing the wheel for a solid, delicious, well-thought out and executed meal. If so, Perilla is for you. Perhaps the three of us ordered exactly the right things, but we were each quite pleased with everything that crossed our lips. The spicy duck meatballs have a delicious kick, the crispy berkshire pork is pure comfort food and the diver scallops on the new Autumn menu were just right. There is something for everyone from the list of entrees: perfectly cooked roasted duckling, surprisingly flavorful steamed snapper and traditional but not boring hangar steak. A side of farro risotto was rich and creamy and good enough to be a main course. The mascarpone panna cotta was smooth and decadent. Safe yes, but delicious, too. Great wine list, nice price range. Attentive and easy going service. You can dine at the bar, too, always a nice alternative to the table. With Chef Harold in the house, he's making it his own. Long Live the original Top Chef!
Posted by Allergy Queen on 09/18/2007
For a few weeks, I have been waiting to try this place at the right time. From the moment that we walked into the place, everything was top-notch. I have deatly food allergies and I notified the hostess -- after we were seated, I began to explain to the waiter about my allergies. He didn't miss a beat and recited them back to me correctly. Thus having food allergies, I am not accustomed to having flavorful food and I really enjoyed my food there. Bravo, Top Chef.
Posted by JWelsh on 09/10/2007
My wife and I went to Perilla on September 8th for our anniversary; of course, we are fans of Top Chef and I was happy to read the mostly positive reviews of Harold's restaurant. At 9:40, it was packed and quite noisy. The design of the restaurant is quite nice: bright, big windows in the front of the long room; the lights and banquettes are well designed; nice color and lines. Throughout the evening, we had wonderful service – one of the best waitresses we have had, to be honest. As far as the food goes, it was good. Not great, but quite good. Great appetizers: Laura had Peekytoe crab in this stack and I had tasty Carpaccio rolled around arugala. For entrees, Laura chose the lamb, which came with dark steamed greens and a yogurt sauce. I ordered a Halibut special that came with a butternut squash puree, cucumbers, spinach, and some mushrooms. Both of our proteins were quite good, but the accompaniments fell a bit flat. Certainly under seasoned, as seems to be a recurring complaint with the restaurant. We also ordered a side of the faro risotto, which was a nice size, tasty, and prepared quite well. For dessert, we shared the chocolate tart, which was served with cranberries and a very minty ice cream. The tart was very, very good. Laura and I both had glasses of Erbaluce (a great white from northern Italy) and cappuccinos that were a bit too hot. It was a nice way to spend our anniversary. I wish the food was a bit better, but I think we would be back. I should try something off of the menu next time . . .
Posted by Joey on 09/06/2007
I had seen Harold on Top Chef and although you never know how things will translate from the screen to life, the restaurant looked very upbeat and fun when I went there on Tuesday. I was promptly seated and served a drink while I looked over the menu. After having a tough time deciding among all the great starters, me and my friend decided on the meatballs and the pork belly. Let me tell you - I don't think I've tasted anything so good in a long long time. The belly was succulent - not greasy with a nice crunch on top, the meatballs were nicely spiced and a great opener. I had the ravioli and my friend had the steak and we split some farro rissotto. I can't find words to describe the amazing tastes in the ravioli - perfect doesn't come close. The steak with a horseradish sauce was cooked perfectly and the rissotto was a perfect side. We couldn't decide on dessert so we ordered 3 things and split 1 - the chocolate caramel tart with cherries is easily a hands down winner. The pana cotta was so light and softly sweet which was a nice balance to the heavy meal. The fig and plum crisp was our split dessert and we were literally fighting for the last bites. The meal came to a respectable $140 including drinks which was a very very nice meal. Harrold came out to say hi to someone at a table across from us. It was cool that at a happening new restaurant with all the fame from Top Chef, the chef is actually there. Please go - don't expect a quiet restaurant - it's the village. I will be bringing my mother for her birthday in a few weeks.
Posted by Disappointed on 09/02/2007
I am a major Top Chef fan and I couldn't wait to go to Perilla! I had heard so many good things! My friend and I went on a Wednesday night and dined early. We ordered the spicy duck meatballs as an appetizer. They were just ok - kind of underseasoned. I don't remember any sort of gnocchi even in the dish. I ordered the Sea bass. The small piece of edamamme falafel was quite tasty, but the sea bass itself was just ok. Again, underseasoned. There was a radish salad on the side, and it was just sort of weird and out of place, b/c it didn't go with the falafel taste. My friend ordered the special fish which sounded fantastic b/c it was supposed to be in a spicy crab sauce, but it was pretty tasteless. There was no crab in the sauce and it wasn't even that spicy. We also ordered a side of creamed corn, which tasted pretty good, but it wasn't very hot. For dessert, we ordered the fig and plum crisp. It came with a tiny dollop of ice cream (it should have been a full scoop!), the crisp actually tasted like crushed lucky charms (tasty in a weird artificial way), but the fig and plums kind of tasted too earthy and maybe the skins were still on them or something. The wine selection was also extremely limited. Overall, we were disappointed. But the place was cute, and I got to see Harold, so that was a plus. Maybe I just ordered all the wrong things.
Posted by Finch on 08/31/2007
I went to Perilla for my birthday and was a little disappointed by it. I went in as a fan of Top Chef and expecting a lot, so I suppose being a little disappointed might have been expected. But the entrees and sides, although beautifully presented on the plates, were definitely lacking in flavor, especially the potatoes side. I could have easily made the same thing at home. The duck I had for dinner was decent but nothing special and my girlfriend's chicken dish was equally "just ok" if not worse. I will say that the atmosphere in the restaurant was nice (a little dark but nice nonetheless) and the corn side was excellent. The wine was very reasonably priced as well. Also, we happened to catch a glimpse of Harold while we were dining, so that made the experience a lot better.