Kitchen 56: Stroll and Roll into Happy Hour
Crispy, cornmeal-crusted calamari tossed in Asian slaw with Thai peanuts and a miso caramel sauce. Oddly addicting, and it managed to remain crispy from beginning to end.
Kitchen 56, formerly Vatra Grill, opened back in February but decided to work out all the kinks before rolling out an official preview. Last night they featured a variety of appetizers, highlighting their new menu of upscale comfort food in the Arcadia corridor. The Asian flair on some dishes was pleasantly surprising, with miso and oyster sauce adding umami to well-executed all-American eats, which was surprising given that Italian pizzas, pastas and charcuterie shared the same menu space.
Tender corn cakes finished on the griddle and topped with a sweet and savory pulled pork. A solid starter.
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