Saturday, October 23, 2004

Colourful twist on southwestern

Originally uploaded by lools.

Bobbby Flay of Boy Meets Grill fame is one of the most celebrated chefs in America. His show is never on when I usually watch Food TV, but the few times I've seen him, I've been totally wowed!

Mesa Grill, Bobby's restaurant in Manhattan that serves southwestern cuisine, has been around for over thirteen years but is still considered one of the best restaurants in the city. Mesa means "table" in Spanish and also refers to the flatlands that are characteristic of the southwestern part of the U.S. Bright colours and unusual architectural elements lend a distinct character to Mesa Grill. My cousins, Ravi and Sahana, introduced us to this place and now it's on our list of favourites.

Last night we dined at Mesa Grill with Rebecca and Madhu, who've also just moved to Manhattan from the Bay Area. We sipped Cactus Pear Margaritas while we complained about the bitter cold that has been beginning to envelope Manhattan.

On the recommendation of Shivani (who also counts Mesa Grill among her favourites in the city), I ordered the goat Cheese "Queso Fundido" with roasted green chile sauce and blue corn tortilla chips. It was certainly a delicious way to enjoy fondue as an appetizer! For my main course, I was delighted to have a totally gourmet vegetarian option - yellow corn crusted chile relleno, filled with wild mushrooms and goat cheese, and served with a salad of grilled vegetables. Kudos to celebrity chefs like Bobby who really get creative in selections for vegetarians as well!

Dessert was warm chocolate cake with dulce de leche filling..yummmmmm.Need I say more?You've got to check out this place when you're in town next!

102 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Tel: (212) 807-7400


Blogger gs said...

hi lulu
sounds as if goat cheese has become a fixed part of your restaurant menu.mahatma gandhi would have a satisfied look in his grave,because he championed the cause of goat's milk as an alternative drink.of course he was ridiculed,so much so that when the indian cricket team led by the present nawab of pataudi's dad went for an australian tour,the crowd shouted at him when he ran to pick up the ball from the fence-"gandi gandi,where is the goat?".initially, he was nonplussed but he didn't allow those guys down under to take the upper more such shouting and he retorted "by your looks brother,by your smell brother,the goat is with you."
interesting to read that bobby could fork out all that veggie stuff for you.does harsha get tempted to try the fascinating stuff that you eat?.after boy meets grill, girl must go for go out and gym to knock off the extra fat you have added with all those tantalising indulgences.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

please make up your mind if you want me to be thin or fat!
everyone was complaining last year that i had lost too much weight. i bet that when i'm in bombay next, i will be told how much weight i've gained :(

9:26 AM  
Blogger gs said...

i would neither want you to be very thin to the point of being emacipated nor having too much fat at all the wrong places.a little bit of fat at the cheeks is a very healthy sign.which you seem to have added,as i could make out from the bombay times page 3 snaps of the manhattan filmstars.the key is that you don't go overboard in trying to lose weight or lazying off to the point of not doing sufficient exercises.just do the optimum and you will have a glowing face with glowing cheeks.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lulu, the next time try The Bombay Grill on 344 lexington avenue btwn 39/40 sts. Manhattan New York. The food is amazing. Wish i was Indian.

8:56 PM  

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