Lon and I made a lunch date with Sal and Rochelle, who recommended Downtown Atlantic, a place Rochelle (the cupcake expert) often buys cupcakes at. The place is set up like a restaurant except that the very front looks like a little bake shop. The cupcakes in the window definitely called to me as I walked in and I tried hard to focus on lunch first.

After being seated, a basket of moist carrot or zucchini cake (some kind of quick bread but not sure which one because it didn’t have a distinct flavor) is placed on your table with some butter. It’s a nice treat while you read through the abundant choices.

Appetizers:
Lon and I shared the Grilled Octopus Salad which was delicious. The octopus was cooked perfectly and the radicchio was a perfect match for the light dressing. Sal had the Crispy Polenta with wild mushrooms and Rochelle ordered the Crispy “Mahjong” Spring Rolls. They looked like spring rolls that were fatter than usual and the flavor wasn’t like the normal spring roll. The shrimp were whole and cooked nicely, served fresh and hot. The portions were large for appetizers with a clean presentation.

Entrees:
Lon had the Tres Carnes Bucatini al Ragu, a hollow spaghetti with ragu made of lamb, beef, and pork. I thought the pasta was a bit over-cooked but the sauce was great! Rochelle ordered the Crispy Roasted Pork Shank which was enormous and came with french fries. I did try the french fries and they were good. Sal and I both ordered the Spinach Tagliatelle (tossed with shrimp, shitake mushrooms, and white truffle oil) which was a bit over salted but the shrimp were cooked perfectly.

Dessert:
We made a trip up front to drool at the dessert case filled with delicious looking cupcakes, tarts, and cakes. It was a hard decision and Lon left it up to me. I wanted the red velvet cupcake but I’m allergic to food coloring so I chose the chocolate banana cream tart. Sal and Rochelle shared a chocolate cupcake filled with white cream like those hostess cupcakes, but bigger. Rochelle and I thought the desserts were great but Lon and Sal were less impressed. I do agree with Lon that our tart needed more banana but I still thought it was yummy.

Overall, we enjoyed the restaurant and it was worth the trip to Brooklyn. I would recommend going for dinner instead of lunch since the portions are pretty big and it’s a place where you should really get an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

Lon got a bit carried away with his picture phone during the meal– the results are shown to the right…

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