Keens recs: What to get besides the mutton chop?
5 of us are going to Keen's in a couple weeks. I've not been before. Doing some research, I am definitely ordering the mutton chop (even if it isn't really mutton) for my main course (I like lamb and mutton better than steak, anyway).
But what else? Do any of the appetizers/sides stand out?
Reporting back from last night's visit.
Is it possible to overdose on meat? Well, maybe not, but we gave it an effort!
We started with a variety of oysters. I love oysters and these were fine, although not special. Next time, I think I will order a different appetizer (three others at the table wanted oysters).
Then on to the meat. Mutton chops and porterhouse. The porterhouse was fine, but the mutton was the standout. Really excellent lamb. The mint jelly sauce was disappointing, so I ate the meat straight.
For sides we ordered sauteed mushrooms, creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. I didn't try the potatoes, but the mushrooms and spinach were fine. There was also some escarole on the plates with the lamb.
A true carnivore's delight
I've been to Keens maybe 3 or 4 times a year on average over the past 35 years or so, and I think I've ordered the mutton chop every time. Well, maybe once or twice I ordered something else, but each time I ended up regretting not ordering that great chop.
Let me hasten to add that I've been at Keens for numerous tasting events (wines, Scotch, bourbon, etc.), and several times for private parties, and on those occasions I went with the flow (meaning, sadly, no mutton chop).
To me, the mutton chop is perhaps the primary reason for going to Keens. I've had mutton chops elsewhere, but they've always been a special, and I can't recall any of them coming close to Keens version. Plus I don't know anyplace else that serves mutton chops as a regular menu item.
Another thing that I always liked about Keens is the platter of pickles, radishes, carrots, etc. that they put on the table at the beginning of the meal.
Oh yeah, they also have that amazing Single Malt Scotch menu, maybe the most comprehensive outside of Scotland.
All in all, I'm a fan of Keens and I hope to continue to enjoy that mutton chop for whatever years are left to me. Along with some of that fine Scotch...
I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, and I hope you're selfish enough that at some point down the road you'll treat yourself to another mutton chop for the pure pleasure of it...
The mutton chop was special. Everything else was ssimilar to other places.
I didn't think the tray of pickles etc was particularly special; it was mostly carrots and celery. Maybe I got a bad tray :-).
As for scotch - we had one scotch drinker at the table and he was quite impressed.