10.29.2005

Komi to the Rescue

After calling ahead for a table at Hank's and then being told when we got there that we must have made that phone call up, we sadly dragged our feet down 17th Street last night knowing we'd never get into Komi and facing the grim prospect that is the rest of the block.

"It never hurts to ask," said my friend as she walked into Komi while we waited outside. And miraculously enough, thanks to flaky reservation no-shows, we got a table and Komi saved the evening.

The warm figs stuffed with mascarpone served before the meal are reason enough to run to the phone and make a reservation. Sprinkled with salt and drizzled with oil, they're a perfect example of why salt and sugar work so well together. The speck wrapped white tuna could make you think you're eating pork, and the warm farro salad beneath it blew me away. How can something so simple looking taste so complexly good? The nubbly grains mixed with pine nuts and something sweet (currants maybe?) for a dish I'd love to recreate at home. Me thinks I might need the recipe...

Also fabulous was the tender suckling pig, served with an autumnal mix of tart apples, brussel sprouts, polenta and applewood bacon. And don't leave without ordering the honey-coated doughnuts, a nod to Greek loukoumades and chef Johnny Monis' heritage. The puffed dough is served alongside a bowl of airy chocolate mousse and cream.

If you haven't been to Komi, you're missing out on one the city's gems. Run, don't walk, I say...

6 comments:

DonRocks said...

"The speck wrapped white tuna could make you think you're eating pork"

You ARE eating pork! :-)

Amanda said...

Ok, ok. I meant the tuna part, not the speck! So meaty and white it even looked just like pork. Kind of like "chicken of the sea" ... ; )

Anonymous said...

Recipe's here:
http://wusatv9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=42479

Let us know if you try it.

Amanda said...

Wow, thanks for posting that. Ask and you shall receive...I just might have to try it.

Katie said...

Does Komi have a website? I looked around for it the other day and couldn't find it. As a person who likes to preview the menu or sample menu beforehand, I'm a stickler for restaurants having good (and updated) websites!

Amanda said...

I feel your pain. Restaurant Web sites are one of my biggest pet peeves. Komi, to the best of my knowledge, has no site. But check this donrockwell.com thread for a recent menu that't probably still very much in effect: http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?showtopic=31&st=40