Charred Romaine Lettuce

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Charred Romaine Lettuce

Post by BeatRaven » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:02 am

Just had it for the 3rd time. Nice check builder for a restaurant, turning a $1 wholesale head of lettuce into a $9 app.

In the best place, they went to the trouble of really getting all the water out, soaking it in a bucket of olive oil, and spritzing it with sherry while on the very hot grill. A lot of constant turning with forceps.

Maximum crunch, most of the taste is in the char, amusingingly falls completely apart with the touch of a fork.

Would you eat $9 charred lettuce?

What odd thing have you eaten off of a grill?

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Re: Charred Romaine Lettuce

Post by EMG » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:17 am

I'll try pretty much anything grilled, but I'm not sure I'd pay $9 for lettuce.

I tried grilling watermelon once, just to see how it was. Nothing amazing.

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Re: Charred Romaine Lettuce

Post by section8 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:22 am

Not a huge fan of grilled romaine but I love panchetta-wrapped radicchio that has been grilled then hit with a bit of balsamic vinegar.

I like some fruit that has been grilled.
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Post by DCComic » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:29 am

What else was on the menu? Every depends on what I have to choose between. $9 isn't madly expensive for a starter.
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Post by BeatRaven » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:00 am

http://oxalisbywater.com

Plenty of stuff for fiver on the happy hour menu too.

Also had a high end BLT, a roast pear salad, a bit of gorgonzola and fruit, a kale salad, and some goat cheese and beets on bread.

A big pour drink was $5. But it's shlep from tourist-land.

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Post by DCComic » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:04 am

$10 BRAISED BEET MOLE Red Mole Puffed Rice Crème Fraîche would win.
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Post by BeatRaven » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:09 am

They didn't have it. Nor Khao Soy Duck, which was what had us making the 12 block trek. Internet menus are rough guides only.

Still, my $5 sazerac was as good as a $12 sazerac.

We've pretty much just happy hour mooched most days on this trip.

Marigny section, just below the french quarter is like Williamsburg 10 years ago.

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Re: Charred Romaine Lettuce

Post by lolasf » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:20 am

I am unreasonably offended by grilled lettuce. I don't like the taste at all, even without knowing the markup. It's a capital Food Offense in my eyes.
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Post by strife » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:29 am

Last bar I managed, late 2007, had a signature grilled Caesar salad. It was fucking good. Raw egg and anchovies too. I ate for free, and most nights at work I'd have a grilled Caesar, and steak tartare, and a bottle of malbec.
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Re: Charred Romaine Lettuce

Post by truenic » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:06 pm

I wouldn't order it, but I do it myself all the time on my BBQ in summer.

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Post by BeatRaven » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:06 pm

Yeah, genius as a Caeser salad.

To be honest, it was a little austere with just a micro-planing of parm cheese.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:37 pm

lolasf wrote:I am unreasonably offended by grilled lettuce. I don't like the taste at all, even without knowing the markup. It's a capital Food Offense in my eyes.


Me too. A local place serves this dish. I always forget to say please refrain from the romaine destruction.

Peruvian Style “Brick” Chicken

Fried yucca & grilled romain salad with creamy roasted shallot vinaigrette. Served with our aji verde & aji Amarillo aioli.

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Post by BeatRaven » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:49 pm

I think when I do it, I'm only going to the crispy inner romaine heart. The green leaf ends were sort of soggy dead weight.

I see it as an izakaya amuse bouche kind of thing. Some green scallion oil for dipping.

In about 2 weeks, I'll have about 60 romain lettuce heads so this is a way to literally burn thru them.

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Re: Charred Romaine Lettuce

Post by Citizen Baba » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:08 pm

Chip_Oatley wrote:
lolasf wrote:I am unreasonably offended by grilled lettuce. I don't like the taste at all, even without knowing the markup. It's a capital Food Offense in my eyes.


Me too. A local place serves this dish. I always forget to say please refrain from the romaine destruction.

Peruvian Style “Brick” Chicken

Fried yucca & grilled romain salad with creamy roasted shallot vinaigrette. Served with our aji verde & aji Amarillo aioli.


Chicken is a lesser protein I avoid eating out.

Yucca has the nutritional value of chewing on wood. I understand it to fill up your gut on the Sahel if you live on a $1 a day, but not for much else.

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Re: Charred Romaine Lettuce

Post by strife » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:18 pm

Citizen Baba wrote:Chicken is a lesser protein I avoid eating out.


Chicken breast is what restaurants serve for people who don't like food.
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