Video: Bar Bolonat's Einat Admony Wants More Cooks, not Chefs
Editor's Note: Welcome to a new episode of 1 Minute Meal, a series of video snapshots documenting the places, people, and foods that make New York a vibrant food community.
While developing new recipes for the menu of her third restaurant, Einat Admony started by tossing Jasmine rice, cumin seeds, orange rind, and caramelized onion into a cast iron skillet, setting it over flame until the bottom was browned, crunchy, and fragrant. The result was a comfort-food carrier for complex flavor, which hardly needed improvement to be praiseworthy.
Two months later, as Bar Bolonat opened its doors, the dish had taken on the contribution of Hillary Sterling, who worked with Einat to replace the onions with slices of potato, substitute saffron for cumin, then top the rice with a whole roasted poussin—glazed with a reduction made from pomegranate juice, walnuts, and Persian lime.
The dish is just one example of the collaboration it takes to keep any good restaurant running in a business that leads to chef worship but depends on a whole team of dedicated cooks.
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The Indonesian Food Bazaar in Astoria, Queens »
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A Day in the Life of The Baoery, a Pop-Up Restaurant »
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About the videographer: James Boo has been a Serious Eats contributor since 2010. Working as a multimedia journalist, he is also the founder of Real Cheap Eats and a documentarian. Check out his food-and-travel blog, The Eaten Path, for more journeys to the real meal.