Wednesday, March 16, 2011

#12: Beef Tongue at Café Natasha's Kabob International

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Beef tongue at Café Natasha's Kabob International - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • Beef tongue at Café Natasha's Kabob International
Café Natasha's Kabob International was the first restaurant that I reviewed for the RFT (or any publication for that matter). That was five years ago next month. I had no idea what I was doing then -- I'm sure more than a few of you will say I still don't -- but I did know one thing: I loved the beef tongue dish there.

Tongue might be the gateway offal. The meat's flavor isn't "weird," but distinctly beefy -- not unlike a pot roast, if a tad earthier. At Café Natasha's, each medium-thick slice is fork-tender.

(One aspect of the texture -- and the sight -- of tongue that some have difficulty with are the tiny papillae that coat its surface. At Café Natasha's, at least, this can be cut away from the meat without any difficulty or loss of flavor.)

Tongue, properly prepared, is so flavorful that it doesn't need much accompaniment. Here the slices are served in a buttery broth that adds even more richness to the meat. Atop the slices is a smattering of curry-mustard sauce, which provides as contrast a gentle bite.

Five years after first trying this dish, I'm still hungry for more.

Café Natasha's Kabob International
3200 South Grand Boulevard
314-771-3411
$12.99

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.

Previously:

#13: The root beer braised short rib at Monarch
#14: The egg raviolo at Acero
#15: Pappardelle at the Tavern Kitchen + Bar
#16: Carnitas at La Tejana Taqueria
#17: Benne's Farm half chicken at Five Bistro
#18: Dátiles rellenos at Modesto
#19: Hot-and-sour noodles at Joy Luck Buffet
#20: Lamb vindaloo at India Palace

#21: Channa masala at Raj's Rasoi
#22: The blueberry scone at La Dolce Via
#23: Gang kua ped yang at Addie's Thai House
#24: Bánh xèo at Banh Mi So #1 - Saigon Gourmet
#25: Mojarra dorada at Garduño's Mexican Food
#26: "It" at Mammer Jammer
#27: Two eggs over-easy, bacon and hash browns at the Courtesy Diner
#28: Seafood at Farmhaus
#29: The "Edgar Allan Poe" at Dewey's Pizza
#30: The "Heart Stopping BLT" and a chocolate malt at Crown Candy Kitchen

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