I’ve been to Beet twice now. The first time, I ate a very respectable Pad Thai (pictured above). But my friend got Basil Seitan which was very basil-y and more interesting than my Pad Thai. So my second time there, I ordered that, plus two appetizers: the Potato-Corn Croquettes, and the Lover Veggie Dumplings.
The dumplings were fun to cut (are you supposed to cut dumplings?) because they were so pillowy, but inside, they weren’t so tasty: just a boring mixture of chopped cabbage, carrot and an occasional mushroom, with no real seasoning. Since the dumplings were so doughy, I think a more flavorful filling would have helped counter the bland stickiness to make them more proportional and enjoyable.
The royal potato corn croquettes, stacked high in a cabbage leaf throne, were more pleasing. The deep-fried crispy exterior gave away to a soft mush of potato, sweetened with the occasional kernel of corn. Overall, decent. Unfortunately, my Basil Seitan was overcooked and rubbery, and with too few basil leaves. Beet is more about the decor: red lighting, tiny-tile covered walls, white tables with a small purple flower sitting atop each one- than the food, though the food isn’t bad, just nothing special.
Potato Corn Croquettes: $4; Lover Veggie Dumplings: $4; Vegetable Pad Thai: $7; Basil Seitan: $8.
Beet is located at 344 7th avenue, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Tel: 718-832-2338