One of my favorite recent Iron Chef America battles has been Battle Beer… between Daniel Angerer and Bobby Flay. So naturally I had to go visit Chef Daniel’s restaurant, not too far away from my apt, KLEE Brasserie
We had reservations at 745 since there was a private party there til then but we had to sit at the bar and didn’t get seated til about 830…. a few beers down :]
His: Belgium – Piraat Ale
It was kind of syrupy and a bit sweet for me but it was tasty and R loved it.
Hers: Saison Dupont Blond Ale
Definitely my favorite beer of the night… and I ended up getting… 2..3..more? I don’t remember [hahaha] But I could drink this on the regular… it’s up there with my Banana Bread Beer, Inedit [best beer ever] & Sofia :D
— finally seated.. and per usual, I asked for a table for 4 —
The Cheese Plates:
Nutty & Earthy -harder- Cheeses – CCW from top left
Rhone Alps, France, raw cow’s milk 2-3 month aged, powdery yellow mold scent of mushrooms
It was still a bit stinky for me. But R enjoyed it :] I just kept eating the pecorino and the soft cheeses…hehehehe
Tuscandy Italy, raw sheep’s milk 65 aged, fungi armoa with black truffle.
This was sooooo gooooood and truffly and delicious. I’m kind of hit or miss when it comes to sheep’s milk cheese but this was DELICIOUS.
Voralberg, Austria, raw cow’s milk 10 weeks aged, funky – the real deal
YO. The Tilsiter was REALLY funky.
Soft Cheeses [which paired beautifully with my Saison] – CCW starting from top left
Georgia, USA, past double cream cow’s milk 3-6 wks. aged, delicate, buttery taste
Casatica di Bufala
Lombardy, Italy, pasteurized buffalo milk 30 days aged, custardy, rich, creamy
Rhone Alps, France, pasteurized cow’s milk 30 days aged. Truffly, earthy with a tang.
All three were amazingly creamy and full of cheesy deliciousness.. but not too pungent or stinky :] My favvvvvv… <3
** PRE APPETIZERS **
Mangalitsa Pig Buns
Pork Confit, Raisin Pickles
These were fatty, creamy and delicious. You guys know me tho, too much bread makes me feel sad that it’s covering up the taste of the innards… the fat just melted in my mouth… mmm… there was a touch of mayo on the bread and I ended up taking off the top toast :]
Duck Prosciutto Tea Sandwiches
Duck Leg Confit, Spicy Pepper & Apricot Jam
Things like this just make me so happy. The different flavors and textures just melded perfectly together. The sweet with the salty with the chewy soft prosciutto and the crunchy bread.
Champagne Mignonette Sherbet
I was a little sandy feeling for me. So I gave R the extra one. My appetite has been a little off lately and I’ve been more sensitive to certain foods lately.
Hers: Belguim – Poperings Hommel Ale
His: Germany – “Kölsch” Reissdorf Ale
I loved his better so we switched :] Afterwards I decided to just stick with my beloved new beer love, Saison, for the night :]
** SMALL APPETIZERS **
“Egg-In-A-Hole” & Radicchio Salad
Deviled Egg, House Pickled, Preserved Truffle Dressing
There was soooo much yolk and it was sooooo gooooood… creamy custardy/pudding consistency of the yolk. AMAZING new take on a deviled egg.
Calamari & Crab
Red Cabbage Slaw, Old Bay Spice & Apple Cubes
I LOOOOOOOOOVE… love love love love calamari :] So this made me happy…
By this point I noticed, well I noticed before but now it was blatantly OBVIOUS and ANNOYING, that our European neighbors kept staring at our table and me :[ Boo… I guess we were just getting too many dishes?!?!?!
** SIDES **
Rainbow Carrot Puree
Spiced with Coriander & Orange Peel
Amazing. SOOO flavorful and super creamy… a bit greasy but just SOOO GOOD.
Peas & Asparagus with Pepper Flakes
Steamed Peas & Asparagus, Olive Oil, Rice Vinegar
I actually didn’t see or taste any pepper flakes… maybe a bit too much oil on it as well but they were really tasty. LOVE asparagus and snow peas :] — altho when it said PEAS I thought they’d be little green sweet peas :]
Mason Jar Vegetables
Carrots, Mushrooms, Beans, etc. with Millet Cakes
Fig Balsamic, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Artichoke Powder & Beet Powder
LOVED this dish and I loved trying the powders with it. Adored the Fig Balsamic. :] And the powders were a lot of fun as well. LOOOOOOVED the millet cakes. SOOO freaking amazing. Crunchy and just delicious. I’ve only had millet mixed into my oatmeal/grain hot cereal mixes… but it was SOOO good… next time I must recreate.
** ENTREES **
Special of the Day: Softshell Crab on top of Sea Bass
Muscovy Duck Burger, Fire Charred
Grilled Pickle, Foie Spread, Chef’s Mustard
A bit on the salty side and I couldnt get much foie flavor out of the spread but the MUSTARD and the MEAT was soooo flavorful :]
Some dessert wine and smoothie, compliments from the chef :D
As soon as desserts came coming I said aloud, WHY ARE THEY STARING AT US THE WHOLE DINNER *point*… the girl, caught in stare just blushed and started talking and fumbling for an excuse and said that we just ordered a lot of good food… hahahahaha…
Sacher Torte with Schlag
Viennese chocolate torte layered with apricot jam
Delicious and chocolatey
Peanut Butter & Banana Pudding
Honey caramelized popcorn
Absolutely AMAZING. If anything, get at LEAST just this :] The popcorn crunch with the super creamy peanut buttery-ness with a hint of banana. Banana is so overpowering sometimes but this was PERFECT. I devoured ALL of this super fast :] More please…
Layered Carrot Cake
Cheesecake filling, Poppyseed macaroon, candied carrots
I loved how there were REAL carrots on top, how creative :] Cheesecake and carrot cake always go so well together so this came out great :]
Brioche Bread Pudding
Bartlett pear, Cranberries, Dark Chocolate-Rum Sauce
Delicious. Maybe not gooey enough for me but R loved it :] Great flavors, a bit too bready for me tho.
Special: Poppyseed Cake
Delicious. I’ve had poppyseed bagels and poppyseed coffee cake but that’s it :] I love the pops of poppyseed so it’s great to see it incorporated into a dessert.
Warm Tri Apple Strudel
Vanilla Ice Cream, Toasted Meringue, Walnut Candy
Delicious. Warm and apple-y :] Loved the meringue.
We also took home a tin of freshly baked cookies :] So cute, now I have a cute KLEE tin :D — cuz you know me and my snacking habits ;D
Fresh Baked Cookies
[We ended up eating the cookies for dessert for Cinco de Mayo]
Chef Daniel came out to shake hands and say hi to us after our meal “So what do you guys do other than eat?” … “We eat…” HAHAHAHA :] He was SUPER nice and we chatted a bit about him being on Iron Chef and about Bobby Flay [and how we already knew he was gonna beat Flay after it was determined to be BATTLE BEER lol]
Totally coming back here again asap :]