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Prana Bar - Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Prana Bar, the former GB outpost of Haven Bakery and Café, is still owned by Shelly Williams, but the newly branded Prana serves “global street food” in a warm, inviting atmosphere reminiscent of a Shanghai side street. The menu is divided up according to appetite: by the bite, in a bowl, on a crust, and sides and snacks. Specialty drinks have their own menu, and classics like Mai Tais and caipirinhas offer transport to faraway places, along with an extensive beer and wine list.
There was nothing basic about the giant mound of crispy beets, sweet potatoes, and thinly sliced squash sections that the super nice server put in front of me. The veggies came with three dipping sauces: a sweet grainy mustard, a Thai curry ketchup with respectable heat, and — the star of the show — a garlic mayonnaise, which I could have eaten by the spoonful. And the portion was ample and therefore shareable. The smoked eggs, which were accompanied by a crispy pile of pickled cauliflower and carrots, are treasures you savor. The main dishes are more akin to “food moods” rather than entrees: braised beef rice bowl with roasted daikon, arugula salad with poached pears, banh mi pizza. My friend decided on the ramen nori, a gorgeous cacophony of tender, slow-roasted pork, bright bok choy, shiitake mushrooms and a second appearance of those coveted smoked eggs. That noodle-y, sweet broth concoction smelled like heaven. I chose duck confit over spaetzle. The exterior of the duck was crispy and buttery; I thought I was eating a croissant. The meat inside perfectly salty and tender, in delightful contrast to the little “al dente” dumplings and vegetables, all covered (not smothered) with a grainy mustard sauce. It was perfection. Read the full review.
325 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington, MA
Thursday – Monday, 5-10 p.m.