Do or Dine lives it up amidst controversy – Review of Do or Dine

BY BETH KAISERMAN

Do or Dine
108 Bedford Ave. between Lexington Ave. and Quincy St.
Bedford-Stuyvesant – Brooklyn
(718) 684-2290

Serving dinner, beginning at 5 p.m.

Photo by Beth Kaiserman

Foie gras donuts. Anthony Bourdain’s dream.

Do or Dine, a nice little spot on Bedford Ave. in Bed-Stuy, has gained hype mainly for its foie gras donuts, but dreams up some other clever dishes.

For my first time, I figured it best to dine on what I had heard about. The foie gras donut, $11, is listed under the ‘small plates’ section. It’s sort of like dessert at the beginning of the meal, but with a twist. A doughnut from nearby sugar haven Dough is filled with savory, smooth, and just-salty-enough foie gras. It’s the ultimate indulgence. The apricot preserves served on the side reminded me of duck sauce, but I preferred the foie gras and donut alone.

Photo by Beth Kaiserman

The “fish and some chips” platter, $16, features a whole lightly-fried sea bass surrounded by brown French fries made from Idaho potatoes. The fish is topped with a bright salsa of yuzu, shallots, sesame oil, sesame seeds and herbs. Just as promised, the fish is just lightly fried and not weighed down by a greasy breading. The same goes for the chips, which soak up the pleasant flavors of the yuzu mixture.

The restaurant is still BYOB. Pretty small in size, it would certainly benefit from air conditioning, though it does offer an outdoor area, which seems better for larger groups. A disco ball adds to the eccentric vibe of this place, and a trippy version of Ludacris’ “Move Bitch” was a nice end to the meal.

The staff was very pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive, which is rare at buzzworthy Brooklyn restaurants. It’s exciting having a restaurant like this in the neighborhood, and I hope it paves the way for more.

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