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gtvlad May 21, 2008 08:23 PM

Going to Perilla Saturday night, first time. Recommendations??

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    BW212 RE: gtvlad May 22, 2008 01:53 PM

    The menu changes a lot but the spicey duck meatballs are the signature appetizer. They're very good. The steak and duck are both amazing entrees. And if the donuts are still on the dessert menu, definitely get them. Have a good time!

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      dg5411 RE: gtvlad May 22, 2008 02:08 PM

      I loved the edamame falafel. As BW212 points out though, the menu is seasonal so the falafel may be gone.

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        newfoodie RE: dg5411 May 22, 2008 02:22 PM

        I had the edamame falafel about two weeks and it was fabulous. Highly recommended.

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        maxine RE: gtvlad May 22, 2008 02:37 PM

        I can not get enough of their carpatio and I am not always a fan of it. But really I have loved everything I tried there.

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          jeanki RE: gtvlad May 22, 2008 06:03 PM

          I really enjoyed a meal here a few weeks ago. The server was great, hitting the perfect note between professional and pleasant. The decor and the food hits the same balance, polished yet homey at the same time.

          I had the pork belly which was meltingly flavorful, and the halibut 'cheeks of the day' special which were also super delicious. The fiddlehead ravioli was great with homemade pasta, and the kingfish was perfectly cooked with subtle flavors. My only complaint would be that everything was a tad oversalted to my liking, but others may find it fine. I wouldn't say any of the flavors were mindblowingly original or eye opening, but they were very well executed, like the apotheosis of comfort food. And the prices are surprisingly moderate for the overall experience, a good value.

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            trishottawa RE: jeanki May 23, 2008 07:34 AM

            I too found the food a bit oversalted...and i love salt. However the overall experience was wonderful, the food still very enjoyable. i would definitely return and would be quick to recommend it.

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              xigua RE: trishottawa May 27, 2008 02:08 PM

              Glad I'm not the only one with the salt problem. Half the dishes we ate on Friday were too salty, including the edamame falafel. Its unfortunate because those dishes that weren't oversalted were very flavorful, including the duck and the fiddlehead fern ravioli.

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            adam RE: gtvlad May 23, 2008 01:46 PM

            I went with a party of 6 last weekend for the first time, and enjoyed everything we had. Let me think - for starters, the cheeks of the day were pork cheeks (i think) served saltimbocca-style, and meltingly delicious. We also had the duck meatballs, which were excellent, great flavor and seasoning, and the soft-shell crab. I love soft shells just about any way they're prepared, so I'm an easy sell, but it was one tasty crab.

            For mains, two of us had the pork, which was pretty straightforward but perfectly done and delicious and a huge portion; two had a oil-poached kingfish dish which was good but my least favorite of the entrees - a bit fishy for my taste - and two had another fish (halibut maybe?). I don't remember, but it was an asian-ish sweet and sour preparation, with some eggplant, and very good. and the desserts were great, my favorites being the donuts and the banana tart.

            i hate reviews like the one i just wrote, because i think they're never critical enough, but i thought the food there was really just very well executed, in a very comfortable space. They don't take too many chances, but everything they did, they did very well.

            1. Peter RE: gtvlad May 23, 2008 09:15 PM

              Six weeks ago my friend has the duck which was some of the best duck either of as had ever had. Cooked to perfection with just the right amount of salt -- not too much.

              And yes, the duck meatballs are also fantastic. And so are all the desserts I've had there in my 3 visits.

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                sam1 RE: Peter May 27, 2008 04:20 PM

                not a fan of the spicy meatballs but yes, the duck is one of the best preparations ive had in the city.

                the brussel sprouts are surprisingly amazing.

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                bbutts RE: gtvlad May 27, 2008 02:20 PM

                Went to Perilla Sat. nite originally having a dinner res but Blue Hill called and confirmed a res later. But needed to try the duck meatballs and the falafal. Worthy of anyones tastebuds. Nice place and great bar.

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