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Posted by BrooklynFoodie on 08/28/2007
I have to admit that, as a Top Chef junkie, I initially wanted to visit Perilla simply out of curiosity. But the surprisingly good reviews (including a star in NY mag and the NYT) gave me reason to hope that Harold's celebrity wouldn't be the only draw. And I wasn't disappointed. The decor is understated. This is a restaurant designed to showcase the food and the service. And both are quite good. My husband informed the restaurant that it was birthday when he made the reservation. But he never mentioned it once we were there. Nonetheless, my dessert arrived with a candle and birthday wishes from the server. Though the restaurant was packed (and on a Monday night), our server was attentive without being intrusive. We never waited, or wanted, for anything. Our wine and water glasses were never empty (until we'd finished the bottle anyway). Each course arrived in a timely manner. And the food was better than I'd expected. I've heard that the menu can be a bit erratic, but we chose well. I loved the spicy duck meatball appetizer, which comes with panko and Thai basil on a bed of gnocchi made from potato and Okinawa purple yam (which results in an unusually good, sweet, nutty flavor). My husband would recommend the Berkshire pork belly. (I thought it was a bit too rich for my taste). My wolffish was perfectly cooked, tender and juicy. And the white chocolate parfait is sublime--each bite like a chocolate truffle that melts in your mouth. I have never written a menupage review before, but I was so pleased with our experience at Perilla that I felt compelled to comment on it publicly. (Obviously, I'm not the only one, looking at the reviews below!).
Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2007
my bf and i celebrated our 3rd anniversary at Perilla last night and it was the most perfect evening. set in the heart of the village - it is nestled in a cozy street with the feelin of privacy and intimacy. the restaurant itself is so quaint - slightly noisy, but once your food arrives you will forget all about that. we started with the beef carpaccio, market greens salad and the spicy duck meatballs -- the meatballs were a must have! the salad was so light and so refreshing with cherries and candied pecans. the beef carpaccio was also delightful. for our main course we had the organic chicken and the roasted duckling. everything was cooked to PERFECTION - the duck melted in your mouth and the chicken was the best chicken i have ever tasted. we each just kept taking bites and saying how delicious it all was. our side of fingerling potatoes tied both dishes together. for dessert we had the chocolate caramel tart - the combination of sweet and tangy was so satisfying. when the check came we were each given a toasted almond biscotti -- yet another delicious edible. my only complaint would have to be the night did not last long enough -- the service was quick - almost too quick, but we also ate during the 'early' seating so i would suggest getting a later seating and savor the evening! Harold really shines and shows us all why he was named Top Chef!! Can't wait to try the 'Fall/Winter Menu'
Posted by Chef Tony on 08/24/2007
We were a group of 5 early on a Tuesday. We're still talking about our server (fully informed to discuss ingredients for an allergy sufferer and to modify dishes for others). This is the first time everyone in our group raved about the food. Please don't miss the duck meatballs! the skate, chicken, corn puree or chocolate tart. A little noisier than we would have liked. The place was deservedly packed. No children. Harold is a Top Chef!
Posted by Neil and Stacey on 08/19/2007
My wife and I dined at Perilla to celebrate our 6th anniversary. As big fans of Top Chef, we were eager to try out this "buzzworthy" restaurant. The buzz was right on the money. We started with the Duck Meatballs and the Crab Salad, both of which were outstanding. The meatballs were very tatsty, with a nice, peppery finish. The crab salad offered a nice contrast, a nice cold appetizer that relied on the natural sweetness of the crab. For entrees, we ordered the Black Bass and the Apricot Chicken (the latter at the recommendation of our server, Lexie, who was fantastic). The bass was delicious, with the skin nice and crispy, and a delicious edemame falafel to go with it. The chicken was perfect...tender and juicy. The accompaniments with both dishes offered very nice dualities...sweet and savory, soft and crunchy, warm and cool. Portion sizes were fairly generous...I am a "clean your plate" type of guy, and I didn't finish all that was offered. We ordered two side dishes, the risotto and the creamed corn. The risotto was good. It was served al dente (perhaps too firm for some), and it was cooked with grapes, which made for an interesting contrast. The creamed corn was outrageous. We finished off with a chocolate and caramel tart,. My wife commented that it wasn't terribly sweet, but that was before she hit the warm caramel center. The tart was served with mascerated cherries and a small scoop of peppermint ice cream. Again, the reliance on contrasting textures and flavors worked extremely well. Our check arrived acompanied by 2 lemon madeline cookies, which were a fantastic way to finish our meal. In talking with our server, she also recommended the cuttlefish, as well as the pork belly. She agreed with our main courses, adding that the lamb was also excellent. She recommended 2 desserts, a cashew something or other, and a marscapone cheesecake, but each had an ingredient that neither my wife or I liked.
Posted by J. on 08/19/2007
I've been to Perilla twice now, each time has been absolutely perfect. The food is cooked to perfection and I would recommend the Strip Steak, the Halibut (which was a special when I went), Lamb and Bass. The potato and risotto sides were also fantastic. The portions of the entrees are generous. The cuttlefish appetizer is flavorful and very tender. For desserts, I would recommend the Cheese plate (they're very good with selecting cheeses) and the chocolate tart. The service was very attentive and all of them are knowledgeable about our dishes. The only negative I have to say about Perilla is that the level of noise is very high. But I can overlook that because everything else is fantastic. My compliments to Harold.
Posted by jnut on 08/17/2007
Food: 4, Service: 5. Our server, Booker, was well-informed about the menu, offered very thoughtful suggestions, made sure our water glasses were always full, and went above and beyond to give us a great dining experience. I read about the timing issue in other reviews, and for us, everything was perfectly timed - nothing came out too late or was cleared to early. The beef carpaccio was a bit on the salty side, but we really enjoyed it (as did the table next to us). My wolf fish was light, flakey, and simply cooked - maybe a bit over-simplified though. I would have liked a little more creativity with the dish. But the creamed corn and "cheesecake" were oh-my-gosh good (I put cheesecake in quotes because the texture was less like cake and more like flan or creamy gelatin – a very inventive, lightly-sweetened mascarpone masterpiece). In general, the food is wonderful - clean and simple. My friend and I finished just about everything on our plates. That said, it is pretty pricey: I have had comparably prepared and presented dishes for far less. But incorporating the entire experience, including the exceptional, timely service, I definitely recommend trying Perilla.
Posted by Mel W. on 08/12/2007
We found it very hard to find Perilla, but once we found it, it was worth the hour drive in NYC trying to find "Jones St." The food was absolutely beyond our expectations. Our main courses were: Organic Chicken, Duck, Steak and fish. They were delicious as were the desserts and appetitizers. My g/f had just two complaints. The two restrooms, although decorated beautifully, were for both male and female. They should have a sign denoting one for male and one for female which we told the manager. Since my g/f is also a smoker, a can in front for the discarded cigarette butts would be an assset regarding curb appeal. We made the comment to the general manager too. Harold was in South Hampton planning a private event, but we wish him well. There is also plenty of parking in front of the restaurant. There is nothing better than to enjoy an evening with good food and good company. We loved it.