Sunday, April 10, 2011


Last weekend my sister and her boyfriend came to visit from Southern California. We went to Blackbird, a restaurant nearby that Bryan and I have been wanting to try since we moved downtown. The restaurant has been open since 1999, but it's done so well that there is still quite a bit of hype about it! Paul Kahan, the executive chef, has a few restaurants within a few blocks radius and is known as one of America's most influential chefs and has won many awards.

Needless to say, it was about time we made it to this restaurant! The restaurant itself was pretty small on the inside, but every time I walk by it is just packed and the night we went was no exception. I had reservations weeks in advance. The food was very delicious! We split appetizers of smoked duck liver pate with baby carrots, pickled mustard seeds, rye bread and burnt caramel vinegar and a salad of endives with crispy potatoes, basil, dijon, pancetta and poached egg. Both were awesome! I ordered alaskan sablefish and sweet potato brandade, shrimp braised onions, turmeric and pickled cranberries. The fish was delicious, but a bit salty after a while. A bite with all the components was perfect. It's never a good idea to delay posts, because I can't remember what all of the others ordered! Everyone enjoyed their dishes and we had a great night!

Here's my dish:

All in all, I think it was a great experience to check out this restaurant to satisfy my curiosity, but I think that the food was a bit overpriced. I think that it was worth it for the whole experience, and the food was incredibly delicious!

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