Lunch at Landmarc (in Time Warner Building)
I know my long absence from this blog might have let a few of you readers wondering what the heck is going on? Well, as you have noticed since last week I have been complaining about school work, e.g. papers and tests, it’s making my fooding life has practically rendered to nothing. The only thing that is keeping me sane these days is blasting my iPod with Linkin Park’s songs. I’m feeling a bit burnt out but I’m bearing it…barely.
Anyways, as some or few of you might have known Landmarc has opened its doors in the Time Warner Building from various reports from Grub Street, Eater and Restaurant Girl on Monday. I went there today just because I heard their food’s good (the original establishment in TriBeca) and I need to treat myself with food (it’s a tough week).
I know that I should wait at least a week or so for any restaurant’s opening so that any errors in service and whatnot are usually solved and smoothed out. But since I was hungry and I don’t want to go for another round of Bouchon Bakery (which is practically right next door and I know you are sick and tired of me writing about their food). I just gone in and asked for a table for myself. I requested a seat near the windows, for obvious reasons that I want the most natural light possible to get some good food photos for you. My request was obliged but I was warned that it might be cold but I could bear it. Here’s the view out of the windows.
As I unfolded the menu, you’ll know what I mean once you see the photo, and perused the menu, I noticed that it’s the same exact lunch menu they have published on their own website.
My waitress came to my table and I ordered two appetizers: the roasted bone marrows and the goat cheese profiteroles. After she took my order and left me, I went on to take some interior photos.
One thing struck me is that there weren’t many patrons yet since it is a “new” restaurant and I don’t think the majority of the public knew about it; from this photo, you’ll see that there weren’t many diners here at the time of about 12:30 P.M.
When I first arrived to the third floor a bit earlier, Bouchon Bakery was packed with people. Anyways, my water was served after taking a few photos and here it is. I just find it a bit unusual that they would give me a carafe of water. It almost never happen to me whenever I eat out but it’s a welcome change.
My food came out approximately five minutes later. I requested them to come out at the same time. To my stupidity, I should have asked them to come out separately but whatever, I’m just hungry. Here’s the food.
I ate my Roasted Bone Marrows ($12) first.
It’s served with onion marmalade and slices of grilled country bread. I wasn’t expected a large portion like this would be served. To the public who fears or intimidated in eating animal parts, beef bone marrow is basically fat. You just eat the gelatinous, fatty, soft tissue in the center of the bones, as butter. It needed salt, which was served along the bones, and the onion marmalade brings a sweet, wine-y flavor to the party. The grilled country bread was chewy, crusty, crisp, and nicely charred that it imparted some bitterness that made all these flavors intriguing and delicious. This is hearty comfort food…in my world but obviously, I can’t eat this everyday before I’m clogging my arteries even further. Here’s some food porn on this. Trust me, try this from either this place or anywhere that can prepare animal innards well, and you’ll be hooked.
The Warm Goat Cheese Profiteroles ($10) were room temperature by the time I gotten to eat it. At first glance I already have issues with it, and it’s not about the temperature of the food. I only have three profiteroles and paying $10 does not justify that price tag. I might as well stick with Artisanal‘s basket of gougeres for $8.50. And later I found out later that one of those profiteroles weren’t filled at all. The salad was nicely dressed but nothing really remarkable to note about. Here’s the photos of the profiteroles.
Even though I had those issues, they tasted pretty good. The salty, slightly pungent, tangy goat cheese worked well with the slightly chewy profiterole.
I didn’t bother telling my server my issue with the unfilled profiterole since I have been ignored for over ten minutes after I finished my appetizers. By the time she came back to my table, she asked if I wanted anything else. I requested dessert, the “one of everything.” As I waited, the table across from mine had the same and a large mound of cotton candy on the side. Same goes to the party sitting behind me. To my disappointment, I was not served the cotton candy. But at least I got my desserts ($15). Here’s the dessert flight.
I started off with the Blueberry crumble.
This was really good. The crisp, buttery topping meld so well with the warm, tart blueberries.
The Crème brûlée was next.
This was wonderfully creamy. The thin burnt sugar crust gave it an added sweet bitterness to this velvety smooth vanilla custard. This is one of my favorites from this tasting.
The Nutella éclair…
I had some high hope that the éclair would be any good as the goat cheese profiterole but it turned out to be a soggy, chewy, slightly tasteless puff pastry. After my first bite, I stopped eating it. It didn’t appealed to me and I was getting to the stage where my stomach is telling my brain that “I’m FULL,” so I need to save space.
Next up, the Tiramisu.
It’s awesome. The vanilla custard was thick, rich, and velvety. It didn’t have much of the rum-soaked ladyfinger or sponge cake, which I find it to be better since I love custard more than cake in a tiramisu. But there was a kick of espresso and rum once I hit the bottom of the cup. Another favorite.
The Chocolate mousse…
It was a luxuriously rich chocolatey (tasted like 60% cocoa solids used), smooh, slightly dense mousse. I’m swooned for this mousse. I’m lacking words to express my joy over this mousse.
Last but not least, the Lemon Tart.
The tart had a really tart, vibrant, refreshing lemon flavor with a nice flaky, crisp crust. I don’t usually like lemon desserts too often but I have to admit this is pretty darn good.
After I finished eating the tart, I paid my check. Unexpectedly, my waitress gave me my check when I was in the middle of eating dessert. Hmm…also they gave me some in-house made caramels with the check.
When I actually ate one of those caramels, I find them too hard and chewy but the flavor was good and it’s just sweet. After I paid, I just walked around the place and take more interior photos just for the sake of being there and there isn’t that many people interfering except the occasional busboy, waitress, etc. who needs to pass by. Here’s a couple more photos…
Since this review in ways, shouldn’t be taken into grave consideration due to the fact that it is their second day of opening they do need to work a few bugs out, mostly in terms of service and for the food, I feel that they should serve at least another profiterole or two to make me feel that I’m getting what I’m paying for. So if Chef Marc Murphy and his staff are reading this, please address these issues. I’m planning to visit them for breakfast soon.
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
New York, NY