When Bobby posted about this event on his instagram I jumped at the chance to experience this unique event with my wife Joyce. If you follow our instagrams you know we are huge foodies and never pass up the opportunity to try new things.
The event was ran so well and the best part, aside from the amazing food that Chloe Tran served up, was the opportunity to meet amazing people. Joyce and I sat at a table with 3 young aspiring guys (Justin, Joe, and Derek) looking to make a mark in the industry and two brothers (Ara and Armen) who shared as extensive a love for food as us. Not to mention, we found out Armen is a kick ass Jazz musician. What are the chances of that?! The kicker...Joyce and I are going to meet up with Ara and Armen soon to check out new food spots and share our passion for food together.
Check out some shots from the event and the food run down. Aside from the Pho Baguette, the other 4 dishes are not on the East Borough menu yet, but hopefully soon because they were so delicious.
So let the fun begin. The night started out with Citrus Marinated Tilapia with peanuts, red onions, herb salad, pickled lime aioli, and wonton chips. This reminded me of ceviche. It was sweet, tangy, and refreshing. It paired well with my jasmine lime iced tea (not pictured).
Dish #2: Fish Sauce Glazed Wings with scallions and cilantro. These were on point; crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside. It was a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and spicy. We wish we had a bucket of these.
Dish #3: Pho Baguette - beef brisket, basil, onions, hoisin sriracha aioli and a side car of pho broth. First of all the bread was perfect and the beef brisket so tender. You dip your banh mi into the cup of pho broth like a french dip. Insanely good.
Dish #4: Ha Noi Cod Fritters with wilted dill, tumeric aioli, and a pickled salad. They were delicately battered for a good crunch and total comfort food. The pickled toppings balanced the salty cod very well.
Dish #5: Milk Toast with strawberry compote, sweetened condensed milk, and saigon cinnamon. I will say it again, it was like a warm hug. It was like a reinterpretation of a beignet. This is something I could eat with a cup of coffee for every meal of the day. They had extras and I ate two servings.
Thanks to Bobby, Ben, Chloe, John, and both teams from the The Hundreds and East Borough for an amazing night. Until the next one.