Hokkaido Scallops at Squeaky Bean
Fall dishes go beyond just spice and depth. Delicate, buttery and light can sometimes be the bite that makes you feel the season. The Hokkaido scallops ($24) at the Squeaky Bean downtown do exactly that, under the direction of executive chef Darren Pusateri.
Pusateri rejoined the Squeaky Bean family in October after a few years of stints and stages around Colorado and New York. With his addition came a menu overhaul that maintained the Squeaky Bean’s character while introducing dishes that take a different approach to fall flavors.
The set of three large, seared buttery scallops sits flush to one side of the plate, hugging its curve. A celery mousse brings a light and creamy texture while braised fennel and marble potatoes bring earthy notes and the bulky bite you’d want for a full autumnal feeling.
The dish is representative of what Pusateri set out to do when approaching the menu change. “We want to put value on the plate,” he said. “You see scallop dishes sometimes and they look nice but aren’t fulfilling. This dish has a bit more to it, so you leave feeling full.”
While the scallop set may change with the seasons, diners at the Squeaky Bean can count on thoughtful and delectable plates you’ll want to leave squeaky clean.
Hokkaido scallops at the Squeaky Bean embody fall flavors without heavy spices.