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Casa Mono deep-fried herb - tried it?

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Some of us on the Food Media board have to know -- has anyone tried the Casa Mono deep-fried herb dessert? Is it any good?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I haven't, but I just watched the Top Chef finale. Is this Ilan's dessert?

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    1. re: amysnyc

      From what I understand, he copied the idea but not the whole dessert. Casa Mono is supposed to have some kind of herb fritter item, akin to the deep-fried bay leaf in Ilan's dessert.

    2. Bay leaf donut served w/ a creme brulee... awesome! Ilan totally cribbed that one from casa mono for the finale.

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      1. re: mr_fro2000

        Maybe he made it up, since he did work there.

        1. re: jasmurph

          I work there, he did not make it up

        2. re: mr_fro2000

          Ilan also rippped off the fideos with clams in the Santa Barbara romantic dinner challenge. Boo!

        3. it's been on the menu since opening day, which was well over a year before ilan worked there.

          1. it is good. worth trying, esp. if you like fried dough

            mmm, fried dough.......

            1. It is very tasty.

              1. it is good.. i have had it.. totally cheesy that Ilan stole the idea..

                1. I loved that dessert as well! The fritters were really tasty, though you were not supposed to eat the herb leaves and only the fritter coatings.

                  Though I think the creme burlee and the fritters were both good, I didn't think they really belong together. They didn't really compliment each other IMO, more like 2 desserts presented on one plate.

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                  1. re: kobetobiko

                    I thought texture-wise, it was a strange combination. But the fragrance of the warm bay leaf made the whole plate really inviting, and made the creme brulee taste that much better.