A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"


The Spotted Pig

June 21st, 2004

What a hoot! Where else can you get a Spotted Pig Bitter or a Speckled Hen Ale? This little nook of a restaurant in the West Village is like an English pub with a twist. Chef April Bloomfield’s food is contemporary and bold with a bit of Italian influence that comes from her stint at London’s River Café. The dishes were all very good, but a few really woke up my taste buds. The Pork Tonnata (thinly sliced pork loin) with a caper and anchovy mayonnaise rocked. The chicken liver parfait was rich and flavorful. And the Gnudi (dumpling puffs of ricotta) with a brown butter sage sauce was heavenly, it melted in your mouth. For a slightly less fancy dish, try the hamburger covered in Roquefort served with shoestring potatoes stacked a foot high. The food is well above average, the building is quaint and historic, and the experience is fun.

314 West 11th Street, NYC (212)620-0393


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