Honest Cooking Names ACME the Most Interesting Bistro of 2012

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Kalle Bergman, Editor in Chief of the Honest Cooking food magazine, awards hip NoHo eatery five stars out of six.

Mads Refslund, and his Bison Tartare

Mads Refslund, and his Bison Tartare

In the end, we find ourselves torn between the urge to see Mads Refslund back with his own high gastronomy restaurant as soon as possible, and the possibility of him staying at ACME – updating the concept of great bistro food in eternity.

Honest Cooking Editor in Chief Kalle Bergman visited ACME, the NoHo bistro headed up by Chef Mads Refslund, co-founder of the world famous Noma Restaurant. He was so impressed, he awards it five out of six stars.

He writes "The food combinations are gutsy, sometimes even provocative. There are no obvious crowd pleasing bistro dishes served at ACME, and while some might be put off by the lack of burgers, steak frites and crème brûlées here – this food writer applauds a chef with the integrity to stick to his style of cooking no matter what. And luckily for ACME, they have such a chef in Mads Refslund. He might just have created 2012′s most interesting bistro menu."

Kalle Bergman goes on to describe the food. "His sweet shrimp and bison tartare, served with bitter lettuce and green almonds looks great and tastes of wilderness and open plains. The foie gras with raw langoustine and white walnuts is a take on one of chef Refslund’s signature dishes, and it never fails to impress. Foie Gras and langoustine, by the way, is a marriage we should all get behind, even if it is illegal in California."

But it isn't all good news for ACME, as the question is for how long they will be able to hold on to Chef Refslund. Kalle Bergman writes, "In the end, we find ourselves torn between the urge to see Mads Refslund back with his own high gastronomy restaurant as soon as possible, and the possibility of him staying at ACME – updating the concept of great bistro food in eternity."

Read the full review on Honest Cooking

*****
ACME
9 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 203-2121

The Honest Cooking Rating System

****** Six stars – Cooking on the highest international level. Service is impeccable and beverages are perfectly paired with the food. A world class dining experience.

***** Five stars – Represents cooking on an international level. Dishes look and taste great and display a personal touch. Service is highly professional making it a dining destination that is really worth a detour.

**** Four stars – This represents very good cooking with ambitions. Solid preparation of all dishes, only very few flaws. A restaurant that Honest Cooking recommends a visit to.

*** Three stars – Represents good cooking, and an above average restaurant, but without the more personal touches and craftsmanship that is demanded of higher ratings.

** Two stars – Represents average cooking. The restaurant doesn’t reach a level where the food stands out as anything special, and service / ambience has flaws.

  • One star – Represents sub-par cooking and service. A restaurant to stay away from.

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