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Posted by JLNY on 11/18/2007
Went to Perilla last night. The room is intimate and had a good vibe. Was happy to see a 97 Reserve Barolo on the wine list for under $100! While the Barolo decanted, we ordered a nice Montepulciano by the glass to go with our appetizers. I had the Spicy Duck Meatballs and my wife ordered the Hamachi, both were excellent. For entrees i had the Boar Chop Milanese which was amazing, and my wife had the Hanger Steak almost rare and seasoned perfectly..We split a side of the Risotto. Everything was spot on, can't wait to go back.
Posted by Red on 11/15/2007
We went to Perilla last night, and honestly we didn't know what to expect. It was probably the first time when we didn't check out the menu online, or read any reviews. That's why our surprise was huge when we tasted our food. Everything we ate was absolutely fabulous. The place is nice and cozy, the service was great, but the food, oh, the food is to die for. We always eat out and discover amazing places and delicious food, but Perilla is by far one of our favorites. We cannot wait to go back and try new things on the menu!
Posted by sfarris on 11/07/2007
I'm the biggest Top Chef fan so I was very excited to try out the restaurant of my favorite chef of all three seasons. The wait staff is phenomenal -- every experience from making a reservation, to the hostess, to our very charming waiter made up for the fact that food we had was mediocre -- ranging from bland to way too salty. We had the Pork Belly which was very good and quite tender. The Yellowtail had a nice cucumber sauce but you could barely taste it. My boyfriend's fish special was way overcooked, my Blackfish with tahini was slightly overcooked, but the sauce was flavorful. We ordered a side of Spaghetti squash that was so salty, it was borderline inedible.
Posted by jodi on 11/02/2007
my sister and i are huge top chef fans and huge harold fans. the food was fantastic and the service was exactly as it should be. it was quite expensive but it was worth every cent and i will be going back there in the future!
Posted by ana on 10/22/2007
My husband was dead set on going to Perilla. We come to New York once a year to go to the Opera. Being fans of Top Chef we knew we had to go. We started with the duck meatballs, edamame fafala and beef carpacio. We were in heaven! the sauce for the edamame was superb. Main entree was the corvina, hangar steak, duck and lamb. We all tasted and shared it, one better than the other. The fish (corvina) was juicy, tender and very flavorful. Someone made a comment about the brussel sprouts and you are right, they were not that great. We also had the risotto which was average. The desserts were very good. All in all one of the best meals I have had. And yes, you do not need salt and pepper. The food is perfectly seasoned, not greasy and above all not overpowering with the garlic which I do not like since I am allergic anyway. But this restaurant is the best. Service was perfect and yes we did meet Harold who is just as nice in person as he appeared in the show. Congratulations we were all very very happy and have recommended this restaurant to all of our friends.
Posted by David on 10/18/2007
I actually didn't watch season 1 of Top Chef - I saw some episodes of season 2 - but working nights, I didn't have the chance to catch up too often. After I saw the episode in season 3 where Harrold was at his restaurant, I definately decided to give it a try and I was not dissapointed. I went with my mom on Sunday and were promptly seated at 8:15. We went through the new menu which we were told changed in the last month. We chose to do the tasting menu and to let Harrold choose what would be served when since you do have the option of picking out what you'd like to taste yourself. We don't drink much so we chose to skip the wine for the evening so we could just focus on the food. Every course was delicately planned and perfectly executed. Highlights included the Red Snapper, the spicy Duck meatballs with a nice pasta and broth and the hanger steak with a side of spaghetti squash. Although salt and a pepper mill were at each table, everything came perfectly seasoned from the kitchen. I did read some reviews stating that desserts were great so before a dessert was sent out included with the tasting menu - we asked to see the dessert menu in case we wanted something specific. That started a slight ping pong game. I wanted the baked apple crisp and my mom wanted the panna cotta, then the peanut butter mousse caught my eye. After like 5 minutes of water and going back and forth, we got all 3. I don't know who the new pastry chef is, but he's very inventive. The peanut butter mousse is a play on the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich - plated with a concord grape sorbet that had my mom wanting more and more of it. All in all - everything was outstanding. Service was fun and and the place wasn't too loud for a Sunday night. Go! Go! Don't walk - RUN! Great food, service, and atmosphere. I will be back!
Posted by Hungry Mike on 10/05/2007
Being Top Chef Fans we had to try Perilla (we were also pulling for Harold). The space was nice, but nothing special, the service was very good, professionals all around. The food, well, it was uneven. The pork belly was fantastic, moist with some crisp skin, very tasty. The Brussels sprouts on the other hand were a mixed bag, some cooked, and some undercooked. The mackerel was just fair, and the duck meatballs were good, but nothing special. The main courses led us to another uneven experience. It seems the meat is always good, but the fish is average, at best. The roasted duckling was great and flavorful, but the skate was more like a filet o’ fish. Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the experience, not bad, but really just another average restaurant. I hope Harold improves…