A couple weeks ago, some friends and I went to Elephant & Castle in Greenwich Village. Its a British publik house style restaurant that serves a lot of inventive dishes including a sauteed shrimp and bacon sandwich with basil vinaigrette and mayo. I was torn between ordering the sauteed chicken schnitzel with fresh basil and tomatoes and this sandwich – our waiter admonished me to get the sandwich. And a star was born!
In fact I so enjoyed this shrimp sandwich that it inspired a new version that is in quick rotation in my home dinner meals. For mine, I mix the basil vinaigrette (fresh basil about 1 cup, about 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of balsalmic vinegar) then saute the shrimp in garlic and olive oil. Then add red onions (in place of the bacon) and lettuce (hold the mayo). Switching out the white wine vinegar for balsamic vinegar adds a little extra kick to it – yeah, its looks less pretty but definitely tastes better.
Here’s my version:
Elephant & Castle
68 Greenwich Avenue (just East of 7th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 243-1400