a few days into the new year, hubs and i wandered over to compose restaurant (opened by a noma alum) in tribeca to check-out its bar menu. to say that we were delightfully surprised would be an understatement. we enjoyed our experience at the bar so much, that we made a reservation at the end of our meal to have the full ten-course experience in mid-february. the much anticipated meal is finally coming up next week, and i’ll give a full download on the restaurant then.
i mention compose because it was there, where i first encountered the incomparable lebne tart. the barman explained to us that lebne is a type of middle eastern yogurt. with the help of some light googling, i later learned that lebne goes by many names throughout the middle east and mediterranean region. it is sometimes spelled lebni or labneh or laban or kefir cheese. i don’t yet know what the regional differences are beyond the nomenclature. the stuff itself has the consistency of sour cream or a strained greek yogurt — in fact, if you can’t find lebne in your supermarket, you can just buy greek yogurt, and let it strain overnight. Continue reading