I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon at April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco yesterday. My childhood friend Peter Cho is the chef there and thankfully allowed me to see how his kitchen runs.
The kitchen is gorgeous and very well organized. Something that immediately tells you what type of a place you’ll be working in. The menu is fairly small but very high quality and very well thought out. They make nearly everything in house from kimchi to tortillas, break down whole animals weekly, and make consistent trips to the farmer’s market to ensure fresh and delicious ingredients. Peter even showed me he’s started making some cheeses and other dairy products as well, including ricotta, queso fresco, and sour cream. Pretty impressive.
Some items I tried were Peter’s kimchi & pork belly pozole, al pastor tacos with roasted pineapple & avocado salsa, and meatballs with polenta and manchego. Everything was really delicious and I left full from all the samples.
After he took me up to their rooftop area which Salvation also runs…A M A Z I N G. You can see the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, a full 360 view of the city. It’s really incredible. Apparently during the summer there can be a 3 hour wait-list to get up there. This might be my new favorite rooftop in the city.
Afterwards, we grabbed a couple drinks and chatted about food, business, and what cooking has been like for both of us. It was really great to re-connect with Peter again too. Thanks again Peter for showing me around!