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Apamate - South and 16th

mhdousa | | Jan 4, 2009 10:28 AM

Hi all-

Went to this BYO Spanish/Venenzualan place last night. I went in really wanting to like it given that the prices looked great, it's a beautiful space, and I like the idea of a tapas place that is a little lower-key than Amada.

Overall, however, I didn't feel as though the food and portion sizes represented a good value for the money.

First, the good: Like I said, it's a beautiful space. The front table in the window looks like an awesome place for a group of 8-10. The wild mushroom confit was reasonably tasty. The rib-eye entree was well-cooked. The capricho goat cheese was quite good with the blood orange on top. The beets 3 ways was an incredible bite of food.

However, that leads me to the bad:
Portion size. For $5, we got 2 bite-sized beet chips topped with beets. As tasty as it was, I couldn't get over that it seemed overpriced. The wild mushroom confit was $6 and had a single toast topped with the mushrooms. While the rib-eye was well-prepared, it only came with some patatas on the side and certainly didn't justify the $25 price-tag.
Also, the hearts of artichoke & blanched asparagus were quite bland.
Finally, the churros, which I had read so much about, were missing the sweetness that churros should have.

The service was above average. However, an overzealous water-pourer knocked her pitcher into my arm as I was trying to serve something into my plate. And gratuity was included for our group of 5.

Hopefully, this was an off-night as I have heard wonderful things about this place. There is obviously a lot of skill in the kitchen (the beets really were outstanding). And I understand the idea of pintxos and picas are mini-tapas. I just wish the value was there.

Would love to hear others' thoughts.

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