Revealed: Menu items from Homaro Cantu's forthcoming ING
Earlier this month we told you about ING, the restaurant that Homaro Cantu is opening in the former Otom space. We didn't know very many details at the time, but some readers left some enticing prospects in the comments. Asian food, hand-pulled noodles and beer will be key parts of the concept, the consensus seemed to be.
Well, today an invitation to a sneak preview of the restaurant (for media only) came in the mail, and it includes a menu of what I'm assuming will be dishes at ING—or at least dishes in the style of ING. They are:
cucumber, truffle, yuzu
rock shrimp, coconut, Vietnamese coriander
pork, maiitake, rock shrimp
fried brussel sprouts
black garlic, pepitas
fried egg, puri, Sichuan sausage
coconut sorbet, mango, buttermilk
Also listed on the invitation: something called "nano-batch beers."
This menu certainly seems to confirm that ING will be trafficking in Asian flavors, and that at least some of those dishes will involve noodles (udon noodles, specifically). And the nano-batch beers certainly suggest, well, beer. (My guess: these are beers brewed in small—very small—batches, on the premises.)
Of course, with Homaro Cantu, things are often more interesting and complicated than they seem, so who knows? (No, seriously—who knows? If you do, leave a comment.)
UPDATE: Reps from ING confirm that non-batch beers are, as suspected, small batch beers brewed in-house, in "really interesting" flavors.