Friday, August 14, 2009

Foodbuzz Community Table at Fishtail by David Burke

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I'm not intentionally neglecting this blog. I know I've only published one blog post so far this month, but life recently threw me a curve ball and I've been dealing with the consequences of being caught without my catcher's glove at the ready. If you follow me on Twitter, then you've heard the news of my layoff last week. If you don't follow me on Twitter (and you should), then you now know why Taste As You Go has been so silent lately.

My family and friends have been tremendously supportive and I'm already following up on some leads. (Hey, Food Network, are you reading this?? I need a job!) Thankfully, I had a seat at Foodbuzz's Community Table (presented by Visa Signature) hosted at Fishtail by David Burke. This was the second Foodbuzz event I attended that was held at a David Burke restaurant, so I was very excited about the meal.

First Course (choice of)

Dry Roasted Angry Mussels with Chili Oil, Basil and Lemon
Warm Octopus with Hearts of Celery, Avocado and Lemon Garlic Aioli
Pretzel Crusted Crabcake with Confit Orange and Poppyseed Honey

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Warm Octopus with Hearts of Celery, Avocado, and Lemon Garlic Aioli - Fishtail by David Burke - New York, NY

Since I'd already tried the Pretzel Crusted Crabcake at David Burke Townhouse, I boldly ordered the Warm Octopus. (Confession: I ordered it because it came with avocado. And, well, I love avocado.) The octopus was tender and the exterior was pleasantly crispy. Eaten alone, I thought the octopus was slight on the salty side. However, when eaten with the hearts of celery and avocado, the flavors were balanced and the octopus was actually quite tasty.

Second Course (choice of)

Roasted Branzino with Asian Mustard Vinaigrette
Pan Roasted Diver Scallops with Sweet Corn and Lobster Risotto and Citrus Butter
Pan Roasted Wild Salmon with Braised Bok Choy and Two Curries

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Pan-Roasted Diver Scallops with Sweet Corn and Lobster Risotto and Citrus Butter - Fishtail by David Burke - New York, NY

I was tempted to order the Roasted Branzino since I had enjoyed it the last time I ordered it but I wasn't sure I could handle the Asian Mustard Vinaigrette since I'm not a fan of mustard. I could have ordered it with the vinaigrette on the side or sans vinaigrette, but what would have been the point? After reading the next choice after the Branzino, I knew I had found my main course -- I love scallops; I love corn; and I love risotto! And citrus butter? Of course I ordered the Diver Scallops! The dish was delicious. Absolutely delicious. I ate it so quickly that I had plenty of time to lament the small portion of risotto while everyone else finished their food. I also used that time to prepare myself for the dessert course.

Third Course

Peaches & Cream with White Chocolate Pudding, Georgia Peaches and Strawberry Sugar Wafers
Chocolate Caramel Cake with Chocolate Mousse, "Cracker Jacks" and Peanut Butter Ice Cream
"Can o' Cake" - Molten Chocolate Cake with All the Fixin's (Fresh Whipped Cream and a Bowl of Cake Batter-Covered Beaters)
David Burke's Cheesecake Lollipops with Raspberries and Bubblegum Whipped Cream

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Peaches & Cream with White Chocolate Pudding, Georgia Peaches and Strawberry Sugar Wafers - Fishtail by David Burke - New York, NY

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Chocolate Caramel Cake with Chocolate Mousse, "Cracker Jacks" and Peanut Butter Ice Cream - Fishtail by David Burke - New York, NY

Can o' Cake - Molten Chocolate Cake with All the Fixin's at Fishtail by David Burke in New York, NY - Photo by Taste As You Go

David Burke's Cheesecake Lollipops with Raspberries and Bubblegum Whipped Cream at Fishtail by David Burke in New York, NY - Photo by Taste As You Go

At a Community Table, it's more fun to share, so each table was served enough portions of the four desserts to pass around. I only had a nibble of the Peaches & Cream, shared with me by Stephane of Zen Can Cook. I, in turn, shared the Chocolate Caramel Cake, which was gloriously set in front of me, with him. I would have been perfectly happy with just the Chocolate Caramel Cake because it was so good (and because the cake was garnished with caramel popcorn!) but I also had a bite of the "Can o' Cake," shared with my by Ryan (the Girl) from Foodbuzz. As amazing as the Molten Chocolate Cake, which was topped with "Japanese Rice Krispies," tasted, I had to go after one of the beaters in the bowl. How fun! (Stephane did take pictures of me as I was licking the batter off the beaters, but I refuse to post them.)

Foodbuzz Community Table at Fishtail by David Burke in New York, NY - Photo by Taste As You Go

Our room on the second floor of the restaurant was full of very contented people by the time our meal was over. Thank you, Foodbuzz, for another wonderful foodie experience!

Fishtail by David Burke
135 East 62nd Street
New York, NY
(212) 754-1300 | Map

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Taste As You Go Disclaimer: I was provided with the opportunity to attend this event at no cost. I do not accept monetary compensation for writing about my experiences. All opinions expressed are my own.