Have you been to CENTRAL?
So so nice.
Enter:: I had the privilege of finally trying one of Michel Richard’s awesome restaurants. Central is right on Penn Ave on the corner of 10th St. It’s a very simple entryway, an intimate space for dining, and lots of diffused natural light. But you care more about the food right?
Let’s talk bread.
Perfectly baked French crusted bread. Seriously, not all restaurant bread is good and fresh. This one was straight out of the oven, warm, fresh, chewy, soft, with a slight crunch on the outside. Just slid a pat of in-house butter and let everything melt in my mouth.
This is the LAMB BURGER ($20) with a side of green salad. DIVINE! It’s a thick patty of lamb with confit tomato, Central Mayonnaise (jalapeno based, not spicy at all, although they warn you) and potato tuiles. I thought the burger was juicy medium cooked, and tasty. Not salty, and the mayo was a real compliment to the overall burger.
The salad was fresh, but it was a bit drenched in dressing. I like salad when I can taste the greens, but I know some people prefer to taste a lot of dressing. I would order it on the side next time.
Dessert! We were so full, but our gracious host insisted we all share a few desserts. Here’s one of them:
Can we say incredible? Say it with me. I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce ($8) was so good that it literally melted in my mouth. If you look close, there’s a thin layer on top of the cheesecake. I think it’s whipped cream or something similar. The bottom crust was more like WAFERS than graham crackers. Brilliant! It just makes the whole dessert seem that much lighter. The sauce was good and the raspberries fresh.
Happy. This was a really good lunch. I am happy. 🙂