I must confess: I cheated on Meatless Month tonight. I went to the New World Bistro Bar with some girl friends and ordered a trout special that sounded simply too good to pass up. I'm not sorry, either.
We started our meal with the cheese of the day, which was a triple cream goat cheese from Nettle Meadow Farm in Warrensburg, which was served with crostini and fig jam. I thought this was an enjoyable little nibble to eat alongside my pint of Brooklyn Pennant Ale. My friends also ordered the chicken liver paté off of the "Forbidden Pleasures" section of the menu. And here's another confession from me: while I typically like paté, this had truffles (or truffle oil?) in it, and I find the smell of truffles to be almost unbearable. I thought I had a broad palate, but the allure of truffles is just lost on me.
The trout was described as cumin-dusted and served atop cheddar-jalapeno bread pudding. There were a few bones in my trout, but aside from that, this was a delicious dinner and my friends had a bit of plate envy. We also had dessert. I had a lime tart, which was a massive serving, complete with a dollop of softly whipped cream. It was tart and cool and refreshing, but I couldn't finish it.
I've been to New World Bistro Bar several times now and always enjoy my food, but I always feel like the food is always maybe a half step away from being exactly how I'd want it. Nevertheless, the creative combinations and commitment to supporting local farms and food vendors keeps bringing me back.