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Apr 28, 2012 08:54 PM

Brooklyn Girl- early review

***It's not nice to review a place in the first few weeks of opening. Please take this as an early and unfair review****

Got a rez earlier this week to our newest local spot, Brooklyn Girl.

Short take spoiler: We liked it and will be back. Thrilled to have a decent spot in Mission Hills.

Still with me?

We've been waiting a long time for this. It was SUPPOSED to be Cafe Chloe North (or something) but Brooklyn Girl is the new place on Goldfinch in Mission Hills. Yes, it's a little loud.

Our only visit there (so far) was tonight, their second full day open to the general public. Probably a bit early for a formal review, and the reasons for that are evident here.

The areas for improvement:

Take the strings off the lamb roast.
Serve the lamb roast in the menu-promised jus.
Don't forget the salad.
Give the french fries a little more time in the fryer.

BUT- the rest was quite good, and I suspect the rough spots will be resolved soon. I enjoyed a "Brooklyn" (play on Manhattan) cocktail, and Mrs Name liked their BLT, with Basil, Gin lime and lavender or something like that. She said it was good.

We REALLY enjoyed their pork-and-bean startes- pork belly (how can one go wrong?) nice rich beans- maybe a tad undercooked (call me Mr Fussy) but quite enjoyable.

For an entree, we chared one of several large-portion plates- ours was a roast saddle of lamb. It was similar to an herby lamb porchetta which was also offered. They bring the lamb when it's done roasting to the table so you can see it before they carve it. A nice flourish, but when they brought it back it was not as hot as I'd prefer. It was sold as coming with jus, but we had no sign of any, and it was provided on the side with apologies. Came with roasted potatoes, carrots and onions. Very good.

Mr11 had a burger with bacon and cheddar, and was generous to his old man enough to allow me a piece. Very good- especially the bun.

I asked for suggestions for a glass of wine to go with the lamb, and the server was great- offered two slections, a pinot and a cab, which were both right for the dish. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, friendly but professional.

We ended with one of their many house-made desserts, ours was their brownie. I liked the flavors (salted caramel, nuts and chocolate) and it was served warm- but had that microwave feel to it. I could be wrong...

Overall, we are very excited to have a solid choice in the 'hood. Walking distance, nice bar, etc. They plan lunch and- even better- BREAKFAST soon.

Highly recommended.

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  1. I am SO happy to hear a positive review from my friend with very refined standards. I really want this place to work for these people (particularly Mike and Victoria McGeath. We were just talking about Brooklyn Girl tonight and I thought we should give them a couple of weeks to work out the usual restaurant opening kinks. Glad that at this infant stage, the restaurant shows promise. Thanks for the report Mr. Name.

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    1. glad to hear it. I wish I could catch the menu online, might be smart that they don't have it "set" yet in case they need to make early changes.

      1. Fussy Fakey!
        Great report and couldn't be happier for Mike and Vic..if anyone can bring back our beloved Piret's back to life in that old space, it is them.
        They would kill it for breakfast.
        Did you notice if they had any veggie friendly dishes for your fave girlie?

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          It's not the Pirets space- its an entirely new space. Which means there is still hope for the corner building ; )

          I'm not in the habit of stopping dinner at the salad course, and therefore do not know of entrees suitable for rabbits and deer.

          Thus typed, it's the kind of place that will accommodate individuals who, in earlier times, would starve to death due to their limited abilities to hunt nor fish.

          I'd better stop now. ; )

          Live from breakfast at Snooz....

          1. re: Fake Name

            'I'm not in the habit of stopping dinner at the salad course, and therefore do not know of entrees suitable for rabbits and deer.'

            OMG...laughing so hard that I'm glad that Depends is snug and secure..

            1. re: Beach Chick

              "OMG...laughing so hard that I'm glad that Depends is snug and secure.."

              OMG, I just passed sprayed coffee on the monitor laughing so hard at that one...

        2. Went there Friday. Good place. Very VERY Bankers Hill but better lighting. Pork belly was excellent and would bring me back in a second. Overall, especially for a few days in, a solid place that I look forward to revisiting.

          1. Went back tonight with Mrs Name and Mr11. Had an even better experience. Enjoyed the kale Caesar salad, and the half-chicken was excellent.

            Stay away, please.

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              1. re: Fake Name

                On my way back from breakfast, I passed a car with a licence plate that said, 'I'm Fake'. Was that yours truly?

                1. re: cstr

                  Nope. Sounds like one of the many imposter wanna-bees.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    I'm wondering if Naked Fame is another one of those wanna-bees.