May 11, 2014

My Mama and I Review M. Wells Dinette

My mama and I at a wedding.

So, my mom found out today that I have a blog.

I took The Mama out for brunchner (breakfast, lunch, and dinner - my mama likes to multi-task and what better way to multi-task than to eat lots of food and pretend you're eating for 3 meals?) at M. Wells Dinette to celebrate Mother's Day and ended up showing her a food blog that I follow while we were waiting for our food. When we got home, I proceeded to show my mom other blogs that I read and it sort of came out that I also write a blog.

Now, my mom wants to post on my blog too. So, there might be future recipes from The Mama.

Lucky ducks, my mom is a really good cook!

I can't wait to share some of her specialties. Because that means I get to eat them. Ha.

My mom is also picky about restaurants.

It was a miracle that she liked M. Wells Dinette.

I think we may even go back.

Double shocker.

And, maybe check out M. Wells Steakhouse.

M. Wells Dinette is located in MoMA PS1 so the decor is fittingly, a schoolroom.

You're seated at communal tables that face the kitchen.
Photo: Jesse Winter | MoMA PS1

My mom and I ordered two starters and an entree to share.

Bloody Mary, Chilled Parisian Squash Soup,
Braised Lamb and Gnocchi.

Bloody Mary
Janice: It's good, spicy, but not the best Bloody Mary that I've ever had; I like my Bloody Mary's really spicy. It's sufficient though.
The Mama: It was good.

Starter: Chilled Parisian Squash Soup
Janice: Mmm, I loved this soup. I don't know anything about squash or if there is something called Parisian Squash or if the name just means it was a squash made in the Parisian style, but I was expecting it to be orange. I guess I'm used to squash = butternut squash in restaurants. So, it was a pleasant surprise when the soup came out and it was green. It was drizzled with some cream (I'm guessing) and a herbally, slightly garlicky (I'm guessing), green oil that I think was supposed to enhance the taste of squash. Whatever it was, it was damn good. I would slurp buckets of this soup. Really, I would slurp it from a bucket.
The Mama: It was good.

StarterBraised Lamb and Gnocchi
Janice: I normally don't like lamb because it tastes gamey to me but this lamb was delicious. It was served with um, herb stuff, and purple flowers. ALL you need to know is that it was good enough to make a lamb-disliker eat it.
The Mama: The lamb was fantastic, it was the best dish.

Can you tell my mom's favorite dish was the lamb? She might've hogged the plate a little.

Hot Smoked Mackerel.

EntreeHot Smoked Mackerel
Janice: This originally was supposed to be a salmon dish but they ran out of salmon so mackerel was substituted. I'm not a huge fan of fish but ate this all up. There were fried thingies, who doesn't like fried thingies? Fried thingies makes everything better.
The Mama: Where's the rest of the fish?

My mom thought the portion of mackerel was too small. She liked the dish but thought it wasn't worth the price.

Braised Lamb and Gnocchi = Happy Mama.

And there you have it, The Mama and Janice's very professional opinions about M. Wells Dinette.

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