So remember how I posted last year about Square One getting a facelift? Lo and behold, it’s happened again! They closed this past summer and ownership changed again. Jamille from The Café is now co-owner with Dominique Falkner and Carmelo and Carolyn have moved on. So if I’ve been there
twice in two weeks, you must realize that I kinda like it.
So yes, two separate visits. Once with old friends Paul & Sinead from Budapest and just the other night, with Steph & Ari. If it’s alright with you, I’m just going to put some food images out there and not differentiate which dish was from which night 🙂
Let’s talk about the menu
It’s not the largest menu on the planet or even in The Keys. It doesn’t need to be. It’s the very best of Banana Café (co-owner Dominique’s other place) and The Café combined.
King Oyster Mushroom Carpaccio with avocado, orange segments, fennel, fried capers, and browned butter. Another HUGE win! The mushrooms were obviously cold, but still melted in our mouths. Perfect mushrooms with buttery goodness. A+++
Braised Shortrib was the choice of Greg and Sinead. Perfectly accompanied with organic mascarpone polenta, spinach, and three-herb gremolata, Greg loved it so much that he ordered it on both visits. I don’t blame him, it was delicious!
My darling husband wouldn’t be the only one to fall in love with a dish to such an extent that it would be crazy to try something else.
Gnudi!!!!! OMG, SO good!!! It’s the VERY BEST part of “stuffed macaroni” (as some in East Utica call it)–the “insides” of ravioli, manicotti (pronounced mon-eh-gaut for you mayonnaise faces), and lasagna. So back to this dish: Spinach-ricotta gnudi, swiss chard, tomato, fried sage, smoked almond romesco, and shaved parmesan. Delicious!
I have to say, I really like this reincarnation of Square One (SQ1). I didn’t dislike the last one though, and we did go a lot in the beginning. Then chefs started changing at a somewhat rapid pace and we weren’t going as much as we had. This reno of interior and menu came at a good time, I think. SQ1, The Handsome Captain™ and I wish you the very best. We won’t be strangers. Find them on Facebook.