Every month Gather, the D'Amico-run restaurant at the Walker, brings in an area celebrity chef. This month it celebrates its own chef, Josh Brown. As it should: Gather has been garnering attention as one of the best new restaurants of 2011.
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Coinciding with the Walker's popular monthlong run of the British Arrow Awards (the best TV commercials from the U.K.), tonight kicks off an entire month of British-themed cuisine at the restaurant, with free appetizers and drink specials in addition to dinner service.
What are they serving?
A fish and chips will feature cod dipped in a beer batter that includes just a bit of rice flour. After much experimenting, Brown discovered that this helped the breading remain extra crispy. The fish is served alongside chips with pub sauce and malt vinegar.
Gather will also have a smoked lamb carpaccio served with a black currant gastrique of balsamic vinegar and shallot. The lamb is rubbed down with smoked paprika and allowed to marinate for a couple of hours before a delicate smoke of 30 to 45 seconds.
Diners interested in dessert should check out the Guinness-spiked gingerbread cake, topped with an apple compote and drizzled with Guinness caramel. Brown, who began his career working in pastry, declares it his new favorite. "It's just everything you could want from a winter dessert. It's warm, with the spices, and the cake is served warm, sweet, but not overly so, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream."
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