Miro Gal and Jed Freedlander met Edward and Lien Lin on Craigslist — no, not in the missed connections sections. Gal and Freedlander were looking for a chef and manager for what they hoped would be an informal beer and bahn mi shop in Ditmas Park. The Lins, who are longtime veterans of San Francisco's famed Vietnamese restaurant, the Slanted Door, were looking to return to a neighborhood restaurant, where they could serve Vietnamese food. Tonight, the foursome is opening Bricolage in Park Slope, a 50 seat restaurant in the space that used to house Brooklyn Fish Camp.
The restaurant, like it's name — which means something cobbled together from what is on hand — is a mashup of the ideas from the four owners. At night, Lien plans to serve Vietnamese food with "a lot of Chinese influences. My parents are Chinese but from Vietnam," she says. She and her husband Edward will be making headcheese and pate for mini-bahn mi sandwiches, five-spice fried chicken sandwiches with slaw and Sriracha mayo, and their own take on pho.
At lunch and brunch, which will come later, Lien says the food will be a bit more playful, closer to what Freedlander and Gal had originally envisioned. The team had planned to start with lunch, but the surprise arrival of their liquor license allowed them to switch things around and start serving dinner with a bar menu from fellow Californian, Adam Wilson, formerly of Beretta in SF.
Expect lunch and brunch to debut sometime soon, and lots of outdoor seating to be available once things warm up.