We were three couples, and we walked in at around 7pm on a Friday night. The restaurant doesn't take reservations, so we added our name and number to the list. We were told it would be about an hour wait, so we went a few doors down to a bar to get drinks. It wasn't long before the hostess called us and we were able to come back and be seated.
And then we started the meal.
This dish is the yellowtail tartare which featured scallions, yuzu gel, cassava chips ($14). You can see it as it came to table, beautifully plated, and then after we mixed it and were prepared to scoop it up and eat it with the chips. This was my absolute favorite dish of the night. It was perfectly balanced. It was spicy, savory, crispy (from the fantastic cassava chips), and fresh. The natural flavor of the fish was highlighted beautifully, and each bite I took impressed me. We gave this a 9.5 out of 10. I would definitely order this again. For six people, we ordered one plate.
Not on the menu was a dish called "Crack and Cheese", which features fried potato gnocchi, bacon, and cheese (white béchamel sauce). This failed to impress me. It was hot, heavy, and dull. The same texture was in every bite and the overwhelming fattiness of dish could be tasted in a way that I did not enjoy. With a name like "crack and cheese" you would think that the dish would be addictive, however I wouldn't order it again. This was barely a 4 out of 10. For six people, we ordered one plate.
After we were done eating, the meal was concluded with a probiotic Korean yogurt which the waitress brought out for us. They were little bottles, like the kind you buy at an Asian supermarket and they tasted like candy. The waitress had described the flavor as something like orange julius, which I thought was fitting. It was a clever idea to end the meal with something to aid digestion, but the cloying sweetness of the yogurt wasn't exactly what I wanted after a full meal.
Overall, the experience was a 7.5 out of 10. The service was friendly, the atmosphere was nice and the food was good. Though there were some dishes that were subpar, there were also some dishes that really impressed me (popcorn, foie gras, tartare, tacos). I wouldn't mind coming back to experience the scallops, grits, or Korean BBQ wrap on the menu. Maybe another time.
Salt and Fat
41 - 16 Queens Blvd.
Sunnyside, NY 11104
open Tues-Sun from 6-11pm