Photo Credit: @The Phoenix
Despite the fact that I will miss Pomodorino terribly, I couldn’t wait to try this newly hyped restaurant right smack in the middle of my hometown. First of all, you can’t miss this place. It’s the only black and red building probably in the whole town and a few towns over. Gothic, eclectic and modern decor both outside and inside… it sticks out like a sore thumb. To be honest, the color scheme threw me off from the original color pallet of warm hues. But I heard a lot of wonderful reviews from Newsday (LI newspaper), word of mouth and of course Yelp. My family isn’t one for tapas or small plates. I however, love the idea and concept. Yes, it can get a bit pricey but the quality is impressive. I pass by this place every day and finally had the opportunity to dine at The Phoenix recently.
Considering The Phoenix is affiliated with the same owner as “The Good Life” and “Jam”, I knew the food was going to be good. Inside, The Phoenix could almost be mistaken as a punk rock/gothic -esque lounge. It was a different experience than what I’m used to, but I welcome you with open arms. My friend and I were seating right away and on a weekday night, this place was still hoppin’.
From the look of the menu, they have the “core” menu with includes an array of salads, cured meats and cheeses. Don’t overlook the fact that they have an entree menu as well. We however found ourselves eyeing the small plates menu. Being the adventurous duo that we were… we tried at least one item from the Earth, Land and Sea categories. (Average prices for tapas ranged from $7-$11 each.)
–Pecan Crusted Brie, Cherry-Onion Jam- Delectable. The richness of the brie paired very well with the earthiness of the toasted pecans. To top it off, that onion jam cut the bold flavors of the dish by adding a nice touch of acidity. One of my favorite dishes of the night.
–Edamame Potstickers Onion Jus, Ginger Soy- Pretty good! Not too different from other potstickers I’ve had, but nonetheless they added a nice light, refreshing element to our pallet.
–Filet Mignon, Roasted Mushrooms, Cheese Fondue on a Garlic Crostini- What a mouthful. Literally and figuratively. I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms, but this was downright delicious. I don’t see filet mignon often on a vessel like a crostini, but everything melded together nicely.
–Curried Shrimp, Coconut Broth, Calamari, Poached Apricots- What a combination of flavors. Curry and coconut go together like peanut butter in jelly IMO. This small plate was also a star of the night. The spices really woke up our taste buds.
It takes a truly special mind to come up with creative combinations of flavors like these ones here at The Phoenix. I give my hat off to the chef for taking risks that have most definitely paid off. They have successfully managed to push the boundaries of flavor here and I look forward to coming back soon.
P.S. Biggest regret– not trying the Bread Pudding. Next time my friend, next time.
3915 Merrick Road, Seaford, NY 11783