Adventures of The Glam Foodie: Imperial No. 9
The sustainable seafood resto from former Top Chef contestant Sam Talbot is now open in the Mondrian Hotel in Soho. There are 2 dining rooms- and both are magnificent. The garden room makes you feel as though you walked into a fairytale while the back dining room is more modern. The place is gorgeous and stacked with chandeliers. And it’s not just about the looks here- the food and service are on point!
The menu is filled with seafood goodies that are meant to be shared. We were impressed with most of the dishes, and dessert was the cherry on top! Talbot delivers the classics and stuns you with an innovative spin on seafood fare (along with non-seafood and veggie options).
It was a stylish scene- the crowd was comprised of a mix of hotel guests, jet-setters, hipsters and cool peeps within a broad age range. And after dinner, a select few usually head next door to the opulent asian-inspired lounge- Mister H.
Cauliflower Fritters- Delicious- you can’t go wrong with fried veggies. The capers gave it another layer.
Octopus- The octopus was tender and meaty, and the jalapeno soffrito and lime soy added a nice dimension to the dish.
Halibut Special- It was a Mediterranean-inspired dish with great balance. The fish was perfectly executed and the tabouleh was slammin!
Scallops with a Ragout of Razor Clams- Juicy with a smoky undertone- amazing flavors.
THE SWEET SPOT: The desserts were off the hook! It surprised me how good everything was, especially the Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream (sprinkled with popcorn-flavored powder)- Yummy! We could have ordered another 2 scoops. They need to sell it by the gallon.
Banana Bread Pudding- I love bread pudding and this one didn’t disappoint. The cubes of brioche coupled with ice cream and hints of chocolate created a party in my mouth!
Cookies- Super soft and moist, right out of the oven- heavenly!
SIP: Unique cocktails!
Imperial No. 9 – 9 Crosby St, Mondrian Hotel in Soho / 212-389-1000
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