Today I went for lunch with one of my business partners to David Chang’s Ma Peche. It is the latest restaurant in his Momofoku empire that is now 4 restaurants strong. It only opened a month or so ago and was the only one of his restaurants which I had not been to, well now I have.
First we tried to call to see how busy they were as they do not take reservations and we wanted to know if it was worth the walk, they would not tell us if it was busy so we would have to come and see for ourselves. Little did we know that had they answered our question they would of told us it was very empty.
The room itself is pretty amazing with very high ceilings and an interesting use of material and light to give the place a unique feel for very little cost.
We started with some American oysters with a Vietnamese mignonette, they were small but very very tasty! Next we had a selection of starters such as some Fluke fish with strawberries which was a really great combination, something that was dissapointing was the boiled shrimps (which were bought frozen for sure) with a dipping sauce which was way too powerful for the bland shrimps.
For the main courses we had items such as: Rice pasta with pork mince and corriander which was beautiful, pork ribs which just melted off the bone, Pork sausage and snails which sounds like an unlikely combination but really worked, and a few other dishes.
Overall we had a great meal but I must admit that it is not as good as his other places…………………..
Another worry is that it was only half full for a wednesday lunch, this is never the case with his other eateries.