Cafe Perrin, 5901 W. Vliet St., in Washington Heights has undergone a complete renovation and name change.
The restaurant, now called Nourri (which means "to nourish"), quietly opened to the public on Friday, August 22 and will debut a brand new menu, created by Chef Christian Schroeder beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
The menu features twenty small plates, priced between $7 and $14 each, including shortribs served atop a waffle with country fried sweetbread, madeira sauce and pickled cherry compote ($14), Indian inspired roasted cauliflower with beluga lengils, caramelized onion, mango, yellow raisins and cucumber raita ($9) and goat cheese gnudi with duck confit, cippolini onions, wild mushrooms and pomegranate-duck au jus ($11).
Other dishes include a foie gras terrine with figs, duck fat fried brioche and foie stuffed bacon wrapped dates ($16) poutine with house made duck fat fries, onion, pork belly and maple veloute ($7) and sea scallops stuffed with marcona almonds and Iberico ham with pequillo pepper fonduta and Manchego streusel ($14). Both gluten free and vegetarian options are included and labeled on the menu.
Wisconsin cheeses and charcuterie from Underground Meats in Madison are also featured on the menu and served with accoutrements including fruit mostarda, grainy mustard and peasant bread.
Desserts include Amaretto cheesecake, spiced pecan bread pudding with housemade whiskey ice cream, flourless chocolate cake with mango-yogurt mousse and citrus semifreddo, priced between $6 and $8.
Although the restaurant has shifted from an all-day format to an emphasis on dinner service, Nourri will continue to offer lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends.
Nourri will also continue the tradition of Doggy Dining every Wednesday and Saturday evening, featuring special entrees for both pets and their owners. Half-price bottles of wine will also be featured on both Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
Schroeder, who most recently worked as director of operations and catering chef for Prodigal in Walker’s Point also worked at Von Trier on the East Side, as well as the Ambassador Hotel.
The café, which opened in 2011, was owned by Joe Schulte and Perrin Luna, a former pastry chef at Broadway Bakery. However, in recent years, Luna has gone her own way, leaving the business to Schulte and partner Tesa Santoro.
Nourri is open on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
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