Generally, we’re just not that into cucumbers. Wait. That’s not entirely correct. We’re very much into the taste of cucumbers (so profoundly refreshing!), but there’s something about the texture that we find off-putting. It’s simultaneously crunchy and mealy, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Given our mixed feelings about the cuke, we’re always on the lookout for dishes that capture the lovely taste of the cucumber in a different consistency. We’ve harnessed the power of the MenuPages Find-a-Food search to bring you three of the best cucumber-flavored dishes the city has to offer.
•We’re not generally a huge fan of culinary foams, even when they’re called by a different name, but there’s something about the tuna sashimi with pickled vegetables and cucumber spuma at Sage that sounds mightily appealing. The coolness of the cucumber perfectly cuts the acidity of the veggies and compliments the richness of the tuna. It’s a fascinating preparation and one well suited to Sage, an innovative Italian restaurant with a menu that reveals strong international influences.
•Cucumber soup is a near perfect end of summer treat: light, refreshing, and packed with bright seasonal flavors. Bambara’s rendition comes with a dollop of herb-infused creme fraiche on top. Delightful!
•As regular readers know, we’re carrying on what can only be called a full-scale love affair with JP Licks. What can we say? We’ve had a recent surge of renewed affection for Centre Street eateries. The cucumber ice cream at JP Licks is an absolutely perfect treat on a hot summer day. We cannot recommend it strongly enough.