Springtime at Commonwealth

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Springtime at Commonwealth

This week, I visited the same restaurant TWICE. Commonwealth had just added their Spring menu and it’s really wonderful. Went with Cashmere Mafia on Wednesday and went again last night with Khaled but this time I brought my camera. The food is surprisingly light. It also feels super fresh and ‘green’ worthy of a Spring menu. The menu is divided up into small plates where each person can mix and match anywhere from 2-3 depending on how hungry they are.

Our meal started with an amuse-bouche of muscles and a light wasabi drizzle.

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The salad I ordered was stunning and tasted equally impressive. Shaved carrots and radishes, yuba, crispy chickpeas, yellow beet, cilantro, and spicy cress.  I just got off a quick juice cleanse and was happy to have this as a part of my meal as it felt so light and healthy.

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K got the risotto which my friend Virali had ordered as well a few days ago.  I really loved this thing. Asparagus and sunflower seed risotto, shiitakes, preserved lemon, chicken skin crisp.  The foam is the preserved lemon.  The texture of the risotto is made meaty by the shiitake chopped into little pieces.  The chicken skin crisp contrasted with the delicate flowers make the texture of this dish very unique.

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I ordered this dish both times this week.  Cedar grilled mussels, green garlic soup, hay smoked potato, black trumpets, soft boiled egg.  Typing that out made me salivate! Another dish with amazing texture and a mix of flavors that is so unique. I loved how it had a little dill giving this dish a fresh finish.  Contrasted with the smokiness, it reminds me of a spring’s first bbq.

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And when there’s Penna Cotta on the menu, the Panna Cotta is had.  This one is with blood oranges, lemongrass, liquid nitrogen-ed pomelo, and a light cookie for dipping.

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I thought Commonwealth is very special and different.  A lot of good experimentation with texture and flavors.  Not very heavy on the stomach (or the wallet).  And I may have to give it the ‘Best Presentation’ award. It does help that there are cute flowers everywhere!

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