When a restaurant’s Instagram account boasts a photo of Alexa Chung, and Google describes the place as having “hip clientele,” I can almost safely assume it’s too cool for me.
A few Saturdays ago, Rene and I headed to the Chinatown/Lower East Side neighborhood with the intention of having brunch at Dimes, a vegetable-forward restaurant co-owned by another great NGI grad. Unfortunately, the wait for a table was 45 minutes to an hour, and no self-respecting hungry human should be willing to wait that long. So, we sauntered down the block to The Fat Radish.
Aside from the afore-mentioned trendy atmosphere, The Fat Radish is known for its British-inspired, veggie-heavy seasonal menu. After placing our order, I lifted my head to take a look around. With its warm wood tones, exposed brick walls, and harsh shadows grâce à the skylight, the space is genuinely beautiful and a pleasure to hang out in. About 50% of the guests appeared to be models (I know because I counted their vertabrae) and the other half must have been their agents.
Rene and I split two dishes – the Full English Breakfast and the Fat Radish Plate. The English breakfast was super traditional, consisting of barbecued beans on toast with scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon and grilled tomatoes. This choice is a no-brainer and sure to satisfy, especially if you are nursing that weekend hangover (aren’t the British just brilliant, mate?). The modest portion size was perfect.
The Fat Radish Plate, however, could have used some help. It consisted of brown rice, adzuki beans, steamed vegetables, hijiki (a sea vegetable), and a garnish of sprouts – none of it was seasoned. There was zero salt and zero fat. The trio of accompaniments – pickled cabbage, tahini and a carrot-ginger coulis – did little to help. Now, I love vegetables, and along with brown rice and beans they make up a majority of my weeknight dinners, but how someone could send out a plate of unseasoned vegetables is kind of a mystery to me. It’s dishes like this that give healthy food a bad rap.
Overall, I’d say The Fat Radish is a place to see and be seen, and the cool interior is hard to resist. I’d be curious to check it out for dinner.
Have you been to The Fat Radish? What did you think?