Does Stubrik's Make the Best Bananas Foster in OC?
One of my cousins ordered bananas Foster, a dessert I've never really particularly cared for--not particularly sweet, not particularly memorable. But what came out--four scoops of vanilla, two standing on top of the other, surrounded by a lake of amber and golden bananas--made me go in for a spoonful.
Most versions of the dessert err on the side of brown sugar at the expense of the cinnamon and the rum, but Stubrik's didn't make this delicious mistake. This is a Foster of bite, of a sharp rum, sweet and smooth. The cinnamon fought its brown-sugar cousin to a tie; both clumped together under the rum and crystallized into concentrated niblets. The banana slices, meanwhile, were flambéed past the point of caramelization--how many different notes of dark sweetness is it so far? And the vanilla ice cream, while . . . well, vanilla, maintained its integrity despite the heat, leading to a dessert in which all of its angles remained true and not overwhelming one another.
That mound in the photo lasted two minutes--next year, I'm ordering one for myself. Pinche primos. . . .