Imperial No. Nine
Restaurant in New York
We just loved this restaurant for its ambience, quality of food and fantastic ‘go the extra mile’ service.
Although I have read some not so enthusiastic reviews I have to say my experience was favourable on the evening we had dinner here.
This sustainable seafood restaurant is a welcome addition to SoHo with its wonderful long bar and open and bright restaurant that sits literally in a greenhouse along with the greenery and typical outside seating (don’t eat in their other white décor restaurant inside). I sat at the long bar and enjoyed a great tasting cocktail whilst I waited for my dinner partner. The cocktail list is comprehensive with specialty cocktails starting from $14. I counted no fewer than 20 Gins and there is a nice selection of wines from $13 a glass or a glass of Prosecco from $11. A range of their wines are from sustainable, organic or biodynamic farming.
I liked the look of the Fish Taco, but as it is a main course asked whether I could have just one as a starter, not a problem and it was delicious. Our other choice was the Chilled Pea Leaf Salad with Chicken (you can have it with shrimp as well). Other tempting starters included Seaweed Salad, Steamed Manilla clams and Chilled Squid Salad.
I then loved the sound of the unusual Toasted Cous Cous with crab, asparagus, roasted mushrooms and a slow cooked egg in the middle. I had never had a combination like this before, but I have to say I really enjoyed it and the key is to mix the egg in. My partner had the Roasted Cauliflower with black garlic and Shishito Peppers, but only 1 in 10 had a kick. Other items on the menu included Pacific Halibut, Seared Scallops (I was tempted) as well as a Beef Culotte à la Plancha.
We had a fabulous 2010 Vin Gris de Cigare Rose from the Bonny Doon Vineyards in Monterey (and I love the UFO hovering over the vineyard on the label) at $13 a glass.
The desserts were so tempting with the likes of Banana Bread Pudding and German Chocolate Whoopie Pie. In the end we opted for the Frozen Lemonade with Lemonade Semi Fredo, Meyer Curd and Yuzu.
What impressed us the most was just how accommodating our waiter Jose was. He even went and spoke with the chef and marked up a menu to see what my dinner partner could and could not eat off the menu as she is gluten intolerant.
Opening times. Breakfast from 7am to 11am; Lunch from 11:30am to 3pm; Brunch 11am to 4pm (Saturday & Sunday); Dinner from 5:30pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday (closes at 12midnight Thursday to Sunday).
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Yes|
|Dietary Requirements Accommodated||Yes|
|Clientele||Eclectic mix of guests|
|Restaurant good for||Romance , Bar scene , Meeting up with friends|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual, Trendy|
|Dining Options||Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner|
It has a pretty and interesting décor and we loved the amazing crystal chandeliers and oversized glass centrepieces. Certainly an experience and very trendy with a warm buzz.
Oysters from the Raw Bar from $3; Starters from $12; Mains from $19 and Desserts all at $10. Wine by the glass from $13, bottles from around $40.
Last updated on 04-07-2012