100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Goat Cheese Cheesecake From Satoro

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to John.Linn@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 88: Goat Cheese Cheesecake from Satoro

The goat cheese and baklava cheesecake at Satoro in Hollywood works on a number of levels: The creamy, perfectly textured custard; the savory,

earthy tang of fresh goat cheese; the flaky waves of baklava doused in honey and ground

nuts laced with cinnamon. The final addition: three

small mounds of apricot "chutney," a brunoise of crunchy fruit made

etheral with a fine chiffonade of fresh mint. As a whole, the crisp

baklava, the milky custard, the tart fruit, are like a well-fleshed-out

refrain. For a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant to serve this dish is to distill everything you know about cheesecake into its most primal element, then subtly reinvent so that it maintains the best qualities of the original while offering something entirely new.

Previous 100 Favorite Dishes:
No. 89: Pink vanilla cupcake from House of Sweets
No. 90: Skirt steak executive lunch from Beefeater Steakhouse
No. 91: Baby bok choy from Marumi Sushi
No. 92: Beer muenster cheese soup from Big Bear
No. 93: Chopped pork sandwich from Georgia Pig
No. 94: Cannoli from Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza
No. 95: Cheeseburger from Le Tub
No. 96: LaSpada's Italian special hoagie
No. 97: Frito Misto from Sublime
No. 98: Chicharron tacos from Tacos al Carbon
No. 99: Primanti Bros. sandwich
No. 100: Chicken wings from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

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