The Brasserie Impresses with Fresh and Unexpected Dishes
Writer & Photographer Alesha McCarty
The Brasserie at Kan-Kan, from operation to presentation, is a carefully composed show, leaving the crowd in shock and delight by curtain call. Abby Merriss’ highly skilled team all play an essential part. Low lights and just-loud-enough music create a sensual cinematic atmosphere.
The menu offers adventure and comfort.
To start, the winter solstice salad is a compilation of tender mixed greens, crunchy celery, slightly bitter fennel, lively cherries and the perfect touch of salt from freshly grated parmesan. The salad is delicately dressed with vinaigrette and creates something uniquely hardy and refreshing.
For a thrill, choose from cocktails crafted of homemade tinctures; however, the skill of a perfect Old Fashioned always wins me over!
I expected the presentation of yellow curry to be a stew with aimless swimming chopped vegetables. As the dish arrived, I marveled at the beauty of this thoughtfully curated dish. Three vibrant butter-poached gem potatoes floated alongside crisp vegetables in a sultry golden curry with a crisp apple and lime atop that added balance. Every morsel was gathered by toasted flatbread.
You’d be amiss not to order the bread pudding. It’s one of those dishes that is utterly simple and easily overcomplicated, but Abby’s version feels like home.