The craziest thing a Sushi Chef can do with a banana, Midtown Links, and the end of the week wrap-up
There are very few things I won’t eat. In fact, I’ll pretty much eat anything that a culture deems worthy of eating. And to prove it, I present to you this story involving a very strange dish at a Midtown Deli. I was walking by the Bagelfeller Cafe on 48th btw. 5th & 6th on Wednesday. For those of you who have never heard of this particular place, it is a standard Midtown “Deli” with a salad bar, sandwiches, Burrito/Taco bar, sushi station and, as you can imagine, a bagel bar. (I’m also pretty sure it’s owned by Asians… but that doesn’t mean they can’t have good bagels!)
I’ve gotten a few recommendations from people suggesting I check out this place, so I decided to pop in and see what they had. Nothing really caught my fancy- until I noticed something very strange in the Sushi fridge. A weird looking, nut covered sushi log/roll that was labeled “Banana Roll” $4.95. I immediately asked the Sushi chef what is was. His reply… “It’s a banana roll.” My reply to that… “Oh… is it stuffed with banana tempura?” Because in my fat guy mind, a slice of banana would have to be breaded and deep fried to belong in a sushi roll (that’s just my logic).
“Nope. It’s just regular banana on the inside”, he said. “Then we lay slices of banana over the top, and cover the whole thing with sliced almonds, and a wasabi mayonnaise.”
Hold the freakin’ phone. Wasabi mayo? You’ve gotta be kidding me. The thing looked as disgusting as could be… but knowing that the goop covering the whole thing was made from mayo made it that much grosser.
Naturally I had to try it. Photos (plus Midtown Links and the end of the week wrap up) after the jump…
Surprisingly banana and wasabi is not a terrible combination. In fact the sweetness of the banana matched really well with the horseradish heat of the wasabi. And, the goop didn’t really taste like Mayo. In fact, I could imagine some very fancy new style Japanese place doing some sort of banana/wasabi combo dish.
But alas, I was not at some fancy Japanese place. I was at Bagelfeller’s and the thing looked disgusting, and didn’t really taste much better. I only ate half (that’s a big deal for me), and took the rest back to work where I attempted to get a single person to try a bite (my mission failed).
Which brings me to my new Midtown Lunch challenge. Got something you’ve seen in Midtown that you’re afraid to try? Email me or post a comment about the place. I’ll go, eat the thing, and write about it here on midtownlunch.com Give me your best shot… it can’t be any worse than banana roll/nut log with wasabi mayo.
- I didn’t get offended by the London Hotel’s Midtown guide, because Midtown Lunch isn’t important enough to even get it [NRN]
- Eater beat us to the punch on this one… but here’s the link anyway. A Taam Tov review… [Chowhound]
- Nosher checks out the Bar Room at the Modern [NYCNosh]
- A guide to chocolate buying in Midtown… our input- stay away from Fachon [Chowhound]
- Grab a fancy meal before hopping on that bus back to Jersey [NY Post]
- I like weird meat on a stick… [NYTimes]
- And if you don’t have time during lunch to see the Holiday Train Show at Grand Central… [Bloorozez]
So it’s been an exciting week here at MidtownLunch.com. Besides discovering that I am willing to go to disgusting depths to entertain you (see Banana Nut Log story above), I also changed the look of the site this week- and it’s now at www.midtownlunch.com I really can’t take any of the credit though… my brother Jake did it all (he’s really into this website stuff). I told him if the site made any money, he would get half of it- so please click on our advertisers… for his sake. He needs the money. Hope you like the new design… feel free to email me or post your comments below.
Also, I’ve created a Midtown Lunch Flickr Group. My hope is that maybe some of you guys will take pictures of your lunches and post them to the group… then, I can post them on the blog (with you being fully credited of course!) Check it out at http://www.flickr.com/groups/midtownlunch/
Next week, I’ll write about how you can get Sullivan St. Bakery Pizza without going all the way to 10th Avenue. See you next week, and have a nice weekend!