|Smoked Pork Shank Sandwich|
The menu listed English Pea Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella, marcona almonds, pea shoots, and grilled sourdough; though since they were out of the peas, we had tomatoes to substitute and I must say I truly enjoy the revised bruschetta with tomatoes. It was a very smart move to keep the tomatoes and mozzarella in big slices like a caprese instead of the familiar diced tomatoes. It added a lot of body and texture to each bite. The basil and watercress was a perfect complement to each other, with a bit of spice and tang without overpowering other flavors. A unique tasty bruschetta; no regrets missing out on the English peas.
Nostrano definitely focus on creativity and bringing different flavors to the table. They show this through their dishes and also their dessert. The torta contained chocolate-hazlenut sponge, coffee, mousse, maple agrodolce (sweet and sour), coconut gelato (egg shape in picture). It is what it sounds like, "a lot going on." This dessert is unique as it contains many texture and flavor; layered with soft and thick chocolate, smooth and rich flavors; crush nuts and silk gelato, crunchy and melty. Now put it all together and you have everything in one bite.