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Restaurant Week Summer 2010: SHO Shaun Hergatt – French/Japanese – Financial District
July 19th, 2010 by plumpdumpling

Two of my co-workers and I decided to hit SHO Shaun Hergatt for a Restaurant Week lunch at the last minute, and their dress code was listed as “jacket preferred”, so I changed into a pair of open-toed red patent leather wedges from my usual flip-flops and hoped no one would notice my jeans and my co-worker’s t-shirt. It must have worked, because they let us in (and were even nice to us!). And I’m sure glad they did.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
potato-yuzu dip

Our crusty rolls came with the usual butter but also this dip, which our server told us is one of the chef’s specialties. It had the consistency of mashed potatoes and tasted very fresh and citrusy, thanks to the yuzu.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
carpaccio of black angus beef, fried capers, parmesan

I think this is the first time I’ve had fried capers, and I really enjoyed their crunch and their peppercorn-ish flavor. The presentation was so beautiful that my photographer friend, Anthony, had to take several shots of this of his own to mess around in Photoshop with. The texture of the beef was so buttery and tender it was as if it had been cooked for hours.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
organic red and yellow beets, Sicilian pistachios, espelette

I may have ruined this dish by starting a glass of sake before I tasted it, because I couldn’t taste the sauce at all. It reminded me of mayonnaise in texture, but the only taste I got were from the earthy beets and the toasted nuts, which of course I loved, because those things are objectively good.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
handmade porcini pappardelle

I think pappardelle is my favourite pasta. Thin yet broad, it soaks up flavor and doesn’t overpower other ingredients with breadiness like thicker pastas do. This dish was wonderfully creamy and umami-y, perfectly cooked and YUM.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
char siu braised pork belly

But the pork belly was better. I know I’ve said it before at Craftbar and at Sakagura, but I’m just so impressed that it’s possible for someone to take a half-inch thick layer of fat and make it not only edible but craveable. It tastes as good as the pork itself. Raw apples mixed with the soft cooked vegetables, and the salty-sweet soy-infused sauce had seeped into every inch of that belly.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
milk chocolate palet, yuzu chantilly, raspberries

I would be hard-pressed to call this milk chocolate if you asked me to describe it, because it was so dense and rich. The chocolate was substantial, too, creamy and whipped yet thick enough to stay on a fork. I admittedly didn’t taste the yuzu in the whipped cream, but the fresh raspberries were divine, as was the crumbly chocolate crust.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
peach tarte tatin, mascarpone ice cream, pistachio crumble

I loved the thin, nutty wafer on top, but the whole point of the dessert was the peach, which was so intensely ripe and sweet. I didn’t get more than a taste of it, so I want to go back and order it for myself.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
chocolate financier, passion fruit jellies

These were really better than either of the menued desserts. The spongey chocolate cake was buttery and piped with a hazelnut frosting-like cream. The caramelized hazelnut was . . . gah. I like to save the best thing on my plate for last, so I had left a bite of my chocolate palet behind, but I gulped it right down after I had the first bite of this.

The gummy was so sugary it might scare off lesser sweet tooths, but I loved the juxtaposition of the more savory financier with this. And I was mad that I had eaten more slowly than Nik and Anthony, because had I gotten to it first, I would’ve grabbed both of theirs, too.

Rating One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarZero Stars

The great thing about eating lunch here during Restaurant Week (which SHO is continuing through Labor Day, by the way!) is that they give you a $24 gift certificate to come back for dinner. Which means that this lunch was essentially free. So go.

SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
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12 Responses  
  • kimz writes:
    July 19th, 201011:34 amat

    I LOVE CAPERS. That is all.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      July 19th, 20104:57 pmat

      I could take or leave regular capers. I love the idea and the look of them, but the taste just doesn’t affect me that much. But when they’re all crunchy and black? Dude.

      You find really weird things to love.

      • Tracey writes:
        July 19th, 201011:11 pmat

        I love capers, too! I’d eat them on almost anything!

  • Bachelor Girl writes:
    July 19th, 20101:41 pmat

    I thought I had tasted nearly every pork product they sell, but apparently, I need to seek out pork belly TODAY.

    Also, I would cut someone for that pappardelle.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      July 19th, 20104:59 pmat

      Have you had the bacon jelly beans? I mean, they hardly count as a pork product, but I’m interested, because I bought a package of them for Kamran maybe a year ago, and they’re still sitting unopened in his apartment. Evidently our fear has won out over our intrigue.

  • Kim writes:
    July 19th, 20103:12 pmat

    Today I am only eating pretzel M&Ms, which I am pretty happy about, but I would trade for a chocolate financier with hazelnut everything, pretty sure.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      July 19th, 20105:25 pmat

      Are you just pretending to be eating actual food to rub my face in the fact that those aren’t available here yet? I just saw the coconut ones finally, like, a week ago.

      • Kim writes:
        July 19th, 20109:36 pmat

        They’re available there! Had ‘em last week, in fact. Future Roommate was all, “They’re here! But only in CVS, not Duane Reade” and I proceeded to promptly find them at the Duane Reade on 76th and 1st. I think they’re just a quick sell and stores are only getting them in in limited quantities. People are whining about having a hard time finding them up here too.

        The coconut ones are good too.

        And no, I was not pretending, I was really eating them. The key word “only” meant “only thing I will be eating today,” not “only” as in “JUST M&Ms, not fancy finacier cakelets”. Duh.

  • Tracey writes:
    July 19th, 201011:15 pmat

    I’m going to start calling you my little pistachio crumble.

    Also, those passion fruit jellies made my mouth water. I had something similar to those atop a flourless chocolate torte when I ate at M in downtown Columbus, and YUM.

    Yay! I can finally say I’ve tried something sort of similar to something featured here!

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      August 4th, 20102:46 pmat

      Dude, when are WE going to M? I just looked, and they have a $35 prix-fixe that includes veal cheeks and an assortment of cupcakes. Also, Kobe steakburger with truffle fries? Yes, thank you.

  • Laura writes:
    August 1st, 20105:08 pmat

    I guess I haven’t visited your blog in awhile because I was about to ask when you started doing the donut rating… then I saw that you’d been doing it for awhile. I need to get back on the internet.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      August 4th, 20102:47 pmat

      Oh, no, it only started with the very last few reviews, but then I went back and started throwing ratings on my old posts, too.

      But yes, the Internet loves you and misses you.


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