Amical's Faroe Island Salmon
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 13, 2021
Had you, like us, been lucky enough to eat at Amical last week, when it served up nearly a dozen dishes and cocktails from “Chiltern Firehouse: The Cookbook,” we’d not hesitate to steer you to its Asparagus appetizer, tender green and white stalks bathed in brown butter mayonnaise with tarragon, pea shoots, and shaved parmesan; its citrus-swept and candied-pecan-dotted Tender Leaves & Beets; or its OMG-to-die-for Lobster XO Noodles or Herb Gnocchi entrees.
But, sadly, Amical ends that particular Cookbook Dinner Series week Nov. 14, so we instead point you to the book itself — pages 128, 118, 124, and 130, if you dare attempt your own re-creation — and a non-series dish staff promised us will remain at least a week more: Amical’s own Faroe Island Salmon ($34), a mild, moist, and generous cut with a just-right thin-crisp top, perched upon a soup-spoon-worthy fennel puree.
Truly, the two could have stood alone, but the addition of meaty but tender cannellini beans, house bacon, pickled vegetables, and toasted pepitas took the dish over the top in both flavor and texture. We over-over ate, then shamelessly went full belly balloon and ordered dessert too. We highly recommend you do the same before this special fish dish swims away.
(P.S. Don’t count on luck; also make date for the eatery’s next Cookbook Dinner Series, whose special menu will come from recipes in Gabriel Kruether’s “The Spirit of Alsace,” Dec. 6–14.) Find Amical at 229 E. Front St., TC. www.amical.com