Street Food Meets Haute Cuisine at Bushwick's Lot45
In a neighborhood run by graffiti culture and ethnic street food, is a diamond in the rough masquerading as a French Algerian restaurant we call Lot45. Boasting the most unique of multicultural menus, this Bushwick gem prides itself on its organic seasonal produce and modern approach to traditional Algerian cuisine.
When visiting the trendy neighborhood that has become of Bushwick, we never expected to find the beauty, flavour and authenticity that we did at Lot45. In its interior, we discovered the perfect mix between loose, eccentric street art and refined luxury design. The extensive warehouse-like space was adorned with everything from burgundy mid-century leather couches, intricate Persian rugs and vintage golden chandeliers, to fold-out steel tables, graffitied doors and delicate floral-pattern china. In theory, none of it made any sense – yet somehow, it all did.
The witty and talented Chef Samia Behaya had her own little haven inside the glamorized warehouse – an artfully decorated kitchen she calls Djenna, meaning “heaven” or “a gift from God”. The inside of the cozy kitchen was vintage chic and adorably homy, while the outside was pure corrugated steel, straight from an abandoned (yet refurbished) storage cart and painted burgundy for charm. It all went perfectly with the ambiance and community of the space. Bizarre, raw and immaculate in its trippy design, Lot45 is as Bushwick as it gets.
In its flavor, the dishes were inventive, rich and pleasantly unexpected. We started off the night with a round of Filipino-inspired house cocktails, our favorite being The Pinoy, a spiced tropical drink made with Avúa cachaca, Real McCoy 5, homemade banana syrup, pineapple juice, calamansi juice and burned thyme. As a starter, we had the delicious Bluepoint Oysters which came with a variety of gourmet relishes such as Harissa cocktail sauce, sweet passion fruit and a classic rice mignonette – for a warm summer day, there is nothing much better.
Next, we enjoyed the savory Kale Salad – made with a mix of roasted sunflower seeds, dried cherries, goat cheese medallions and zesty lemon vinaigrette – this seasonal entrée was everything we love about summer. For our final dish, we opted for the juicy Fish Tacos. Prepped with pickled cabbage, avocado, and of course, the freshest of cod fish, these tacos were perfection. We ended the night with a sweet and powerful glass of PB&J – a mix of Tito’s vodka, Dorothy Parker gin, peanut butter, raspberry jam, almond milk and maple syrup – this unique house cocktail was oddly, the ultimate ending to our superb Bushwick dining experience.
Next time you’re in town, delight your eyes and your tastebuds at Lot45, the rustic multicultural eatery where ethnic street food meets haute cuisine.