When Chef Scott Cohen calls with news, I always pay attention. I’ll tell you why shortly.
Scott calls Friday and says ‘Tanji, you’re never gonna believe what I got…Shad Roe coming here to Watermark Grill.’ I would’ve love to share in his excitement, but had to admit I didn’t know what Shad Roe was. Google it and you’ll see it described as ‘culinary harbinger of spring’ , ‘fleeting pleasure’ and ‘popular delicacy’.
So, my curiosity was piqued….I had to try Shad Roe. I did Friday night at Watermark Grill, and it was wonderful. The Shad is actually the fish filet-a tasty light fish. The ‘roe’ is the delicate egg sack from the females – think salmon caviar in principle but not in looks or taste. The roe portion of the dish reminded me of perhaps a light seafood sausage.
When these shad start swimming up stream in fresh waters to mate, the locals know spring is right around the corner and that this delicacy of ’Shad Roe’ is available.
So, Chef Cohen, you were right. What a treat!
Okay, back to why I always learn something from Scott Cohen. Chef Cohen’s resume is one of the most impressive in the city. The French trained chef actually worked with legendary Master Chef Daniel Boulud in France! He’s also known in New York culinary circles for his past work there as well. Lucky for us he is the Executive Chef with Watermark Grill and the fun Pavil, so we can experience his culinary delights on a regular basis.
So, while the special fish is here, which won’t be long, head to Watermark Grill and try the Shad Roe. As one of my culinary heroes would say ‘Bravo’! BTW, Chef Cohen worked with Julia Child a time or two also.