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amy t. Nov 11, 2003 01:02 PM

I think I just had the best tasting, most beautifully presented kosher meal I've had in years in an unlikely find in Brooklyn. I tried a new restaurant called ORCHIDEA (718.686.7500), it was a big surprise from the get-go. The place looks like a micro-version of the chic Soho Grand Hotel's upstairs lobby. I had awesome Chilean Sea Bass and the freshest Spinach Ravioli in a delicious herbed cream sauce with a hint of Walnut Oil. Oooooh baby! That was good. They have valet parking and have only been open for two weeks but this place is well worth a trip. If you miss dining at high-end places that understand the pairing of flavors and the importance of service and atmosphere you will kvell from this find. It blew me away on every level.

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    elana RE: amy t. Nov 11, 2003 10:01 PM

    Where is it? Who provides kosher supervision?

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      amy t. RE: elana Nov 12, 2003 10:25 AM

      4815 12th Avenue in Borough Park between 48th & 49th Street. Rabbi Roth provides the hashgacha. His supervision is well-respected in the Borough Park community. Make a reservation soon, hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It's a dining experience that really stands out -- especially for BT's that were active foodies before they became kashrut observant!

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        Tina RE: amy t. Nov 12, 2003 12:26 PM

        What type of cuisine does it feature? What are the typical costs of an entree or appetizer?

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          amy t. RE: Tina Nov 12, 2003 02:21 PM

          The chef is classically trained in the French style -- and it shows. The place is dairy but I enjoyed the fish entrees the most which do not seem to have anything to do with dairy (though good chance butter may be part of the act). Prices are in the $20's -- it's not prohibitive -- you can call them.. They serve lunch but the menu is very casual -- I'd suggest trying this place at dinnertime when the chef really shows his stuff -- curly cues and all. You must order dessert too. Ain't no half steppin!

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            Tina RE: amy t. Nov 13, 2003 09:05 AM

            Sounds good to me.

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              Tina RE: amy t. Nov 13, 2003 09:06 AM

              Sounds good to me.

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        Bruce Kay RE: amy t. Dec 18, 2003 04:31 PM

        I agree. Orchidea is wonderful. However make sure you have an american express card. That's all they take.

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