Had to hoof up to the Market Basket yesterday around five, and then made the circuit of Union Sq. just to check in on some old spots. (Side note: Reliable Market sure has expanded their sake & beer selections, and I gave the once over to the new hot food setup in the back though it didn’t look hugely enticing. Also noticed Bronwyn, which I had forgotten about–I know they don’t do lunch except Saturday, but I might scope that out sometime).
After walking around a bit, I realized I was getting hungry. With all the recs I had received in my earlier thread and my prior experience rattling around in my head (was really tempted by Buk Kyung!), I did what any self respecting food dork would do–go to two places no one had even brought up. First was Union Sq. Donuts, which I had also forgotten about but that beckoned me in on reputation. Got a Belgian dark chocolate donut, which of course was overpriced at three bucks and change but was pretty darn good. I’m mostly more of a cake donut than yeasted donut guy, but the thing was really light and airy, and what I mostly dug was its low level of sweetness. The product is a little high in price point for this to be a regular stop for me (I confess that I think a Lyndell’s yeasted donut at a third of the price is more my style, not totally being an all-in on dessert kind of person), but it’s sure not a bad bakery item.
Walked another half block and found myself staring at the Nepali menu at Himalayan Kitchen, which has a bunch of interesting stuff on it that is fairly uncommon. Figured what the heck, and popped in for a vegetable and egg chatamari. This turned out to be fine foodwise, but in time spent, not so much. The item itself was nice when it came out–a crispy rice flour pancake topped with peppers, onions and an egg with a tasty sauce with black eyed peas in it on the side. The satisfying nature of this offering was an indication that I’d like to try more stuff here from this menu. But here’s the rub: getting this pancake to me took, well, 25 minutes! It sure shouldn’t take that kind of time to get out a pancake to customer waiting in their tiny seating area with only one other table of customers. It didn’t seem to be just an issue with me, though–a driver who I assume was from one of the myriad food delivery services came in for a pickup and was told it’d be twenty minutes until their stuff was ready.
I plan on going back again to try more things on this menu (am especially intrigued by the bhuton–goat organs or chicken gizzards sautéed with onions & herbs and the sukuti, a homemade buffalo jerky dish) but I sure do hope next time that stuff comes out a little quicker. I’ll let you know.