I had lunch at Destroyer last week and loved it. It’s so pretty and minimalist, as you can see from @J_L’s photos. The low counter was nice, it allows one to see the whole kitchen area and also feels more welcoming, as though there is no barrier between you and the staff. Very inviting, I hope it becomes a trend.
Very hipster, but not the bearded kind. The guys next to me, wearing ironic t-shirts and True Religon jeans, discussed the Marvel universe and science fiction books pretty much their entire meal. Adorable techie geeks.
I didn’t read the food descriptions on the wall-projected menu thoroughly, I wanted to approach the food without preconceived notions.
roasted tomatoes, gooseberries, almond curds, verbena
The bright yellow seems like onions, and the orange discs were my favorite part, turns out they are pickled gooseberries. There were tiny black-eyed peas and something creamy, like a cross between ricotta and barrata; it was almond cream. Such a lovely dish, there was a gorgeous balance between the components. Best thing I’ve tasted in a very long time, subtle and textural and unexpected.
Concord grape, warm potato, frozen cream
Once again, so pretty.
Not knowing what I was getting, I thought it was blueberries and a pudding under the snow. The pudding I couldn’t put my finger on, I thought it was maybe yucca starch? It was potatoes. That threw me for a loop. The Concord grapes were juicy and flavorful, very unique tasting, I’m not sure how they were prepared. The snow wasn’t super-finely grated, but in dreamy little chunks. Excellent dessert, not sweet at all.
I want to eat there every day.