Saturday, March 14, 2015

Moma

March 14, 2015


BC Sablefish w farmer's vegetables, spaetzle, soy marinate - 2+

J's comment > perfectly cooked sablefish, not fishy nor too salty at all; lightly crisped spaetzle; airy foam

Grilled beef tongue w toasted peanuts, chili garlic sauce - 2+

J's comment > very tender beef tongue, not chewy in the least; excellent balance of peanuts and garlic sauce, enhancing the beef tongue and the beef flavor rather than drowning it out

Mushroom flatbread w caramelized onions, truffle, mozzarella, arugula - 2+

J's comment > very crisp puff pastry flatbread base, not doughy or pizza-like as most places do it; good balance of all listed ingredients

RossDown Farms boneless chicken w carrot puree, potato croquette, truffle jus - 2+

J's comment > very tender chicken, almost as tender as Pear Tree's but still very tasty; complements worked very well, but would have liked a touch more carrot puree

Slow braised veal cheek garganelli w parmigiano, natural jus - 2

J's comment > not bad; but sadly my beloved pappardelle is no longer on the menu (hopefully this is a temporary thing); veal cheeks still super tender and perfectly marbled, not too fatty or lean; pasta cooked well, but a bit on the thin side and really, it's just not the same

Slow braised veal cheek tagliatelle w parmigiano, natural jus - 2

J's comment > not bad; same awesome veal cheeks as above, but w the tagliatelle on the menu as that was the closest I could get to the pappardelle; decently cooked tagliatelle, but still no candle to the pappardelle

Slow braised lamb tagine w grilled flatbread, couscous, tzatziki, cilantro - 2

J's comment > not bad; very tender lamb and flavorful tagine; good flavors, but nothing outstanding

Pemberton Meadows beef striploin: 8oz grass fed natural beef, potato fondant, black pepper jus - 2

J's comment > not bad; perfectly cooked medium rare striploin; despite the inherently tough cut, the striploin was one of the most tender striploins I've ever had, so huge bonus points there; otherwise though, you avg 'steak' meal

Smoked Brome Lake duck breast w kumquat, lentils, seasonal vegetables - 2

J's comment > not bad; well cooked and flavorful duck; skin not as crisp as I'd like but not soggy

Grilled octopus w chorizo, parsley, beans, tzatziki - 2

J's comment > not bad; tender octopus; flavorful chorizo, a smidgen spicy; sauce decent 

Grilled Caesar salad w prosciutto, free range soft boiled egg, parmigiano - 2

J's comment > not bad; fresh and crisp lettuce but didn't get the grill flavor; perfectly coked egg; very crisp prosciutto; would have liked a bit more dressing

 Daily special potato croquette - 2

Roasted rack of lamb w house-made lamb spice - 2

J's comment > your avg deep fried mash potato balls, prosciutto decent but unnecessary w the croquettes; lamb was tender and cooked exactly as requested, (med-rare on the rare side); flavor though, this was the gamiest lamb I have ever had, and I finally understand what non-lamb lovers grouse about re the 'gaminess'

Award winning apple pie - 2+

J's comment > excellent crisp crust, not soggy at all which is an enormous feat and not hard as a brick either; good balance of apples which weren't too sour or tart either; loved the crumble on top; FYI, Moma's pie here won the best overall pie title @ the 2014 Richmond Perfect Pie Contest in Steveston

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