Enjoyed an excellent and fun meal with a friend at Myers + Chang last night, first visit for both of us. As usual we ordered far too much and I am the recipient of the leftovers. In order of preference:
Braised pork belly buns – bao, brandy hoisin, house pickle. Recommended by our wonderful waitress and the consensus best dish of the night. Really wonderful combination of flavors and textures.
Cod + Chorizo Fried Rice – black kale, dancing bonito. The bonito flakes really were dancing on the top and added terrific umami to the spicy fried rice. I would be totally happy with a big bowl of this with a fried egg on top for dinner.
Korean Steak Tartare – quail egg, shiso, umami aioli. Very good but for me the meat was minced too large (about the size of the edamame in the dish) to cohere properly, making it awkward to eat. We wrapped the toasts and the tartare in the large lettuce leaves provided and enjoyed it very much although not as much as the one we had at Townsman last week.
Ming’s Market Greens. We think this was what our local Chinese restaurant calls AA vegetable – as always, we loved it, very umami sauce and a nice palate cleanser.
Tea-Smoked Pork Spare Ribs. Oddly these needed salt (nothing else did) although they were otherwise terrific.
Twice-Cooked Lamb Belly Stir-fry – green beans, hot mustard, slippery noodles. This was the one item we did not care for, the texture was kind of sludgy and the flavors muted and one note. The lovely host cleared our table, noticed how little we’d eaten of it and insisted on taking it off the check which we assured him he did not have to do but which he insisted on. That is great hospitality!
We are not normally dessert eaters but were tempted by the lemon-ginger mousse coupe with homemade fortune cookie and were so glad we ordered it! Soft not very sweet lemon mousse with small chunks of crystalized ginger accompanied by a gigantic fortune cookie that was super crisp and had light gingery notes. Delicious.
To drink we had a sparkling pinot noir (cava), Juvé y Camps Brut, that was absolutely perfect with the food.
We will be back!