Location: Little Italy
Address: 972 College St
Price Range: $15~25
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Open late night
* 18% gratuity on groups of 8 or more
* Famous for their burger
I've been meaning to check out Bestellen for awhile, I really did. But then again I don't even know how many restaurants are on my list, it is that long. So I was glad that bunch of us food bloggers and couple foodies got together and decided to try the Whole Roasted Suckling Pig from Bestellen.
They require 72 hours notice and it is prepared for minimum 8 people which costs $59 per person plus tax and 18% gratuity (automatically added on since it's group of 8).
This was my official first night out after recovering from stomach flu that had me sipping on congee for a week, so I couldn't hide my excitement...and showed up at the restaurant a little too early. Inside of the restaurant is a little rustic and industrial with raw paintings on the wall and dim lighting. One of the things to look out for (or you can't miss) is their dry aging room where all the house cured meats and aging steaks are hanging by the window for you to see.
Beautiful seating area near the bar
$59 includes all the side dishes that is served family style which is quite fitting when you are sitting around a whole suckling pig.
Before they brought out the pig, we were served Arancini Balls which is basically a deep fried risotto ball with some garlic mayo. It was served hot and cheesy, just what I was craving after a week of tasteless congee!
Also, we were served some mixed green salad with pecans, butternut squash and pancetta. We had a friend that was allergic to pecan, so they made another salad for her without it (do let them know if you have allergies and they will cater to you)
They brought out the pig so that we can admire it and take photos before they took it back to the kitchen where they chopped it all up for us.
Our pig was called 'Roberta'- Hello, nice to eat you!
It was chopped into a rather large chunks so we still had to use tongs to grab the meat. Thankfully the meat was soft and tender and it easily fell off the bone. However, it was quite a work trying to hold a large tong trying not to get pig fat everywhere and I got the finger cramps after. Meat was somewhat seasoned on it's own but it was even better with the gravy that was served on the side.
As a side, we were served some stir fried rapini, roasted butternut squash with garlic, lentil salad, brioche bread and gravy.
I really enjoyed the stir fried rapini as well as the roasted butternut squash, they complimented the meat balancing out the greasy'ness.
Roasted Butternut squash was sweet and creamy with the garlic perfectly cooked, I could just order this on it's own and have it with some bread!
I also really enjoyed the brioche as well, cute presentation and it was so buttery! Apparently it's the same bread they use for their famous burger which is sold for $18.
All of the side dishes were done so well that although the suckling pig was obviously the main star of the evening, the side dishes were so amazing on it's own! I could really tell that they put a lot of effort and thought into each side dishes and that really blew me away. By the end, all 8 of us were stuffed to the max and there was still so much food left! everyone ended up taking leftovers home at the end.
The meal was finished off with individual slices of pecan pie and real whipped cream.
Summary: It was my first time trying a whole suckling pig and yes, it was an amazing experience. If you love pork and haven't tried anything like this yet, I say go for it and it is def something you should experience once in your life time.The food was amazing and the service superb throughout the entire night. Personally, I was amazed by the whole suckling pig and impressed by their side dishes. This shows that Bestellen does their food right. I can't wait to go back and try their famous burger.