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Bar Room at the Modern - Still Good


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Bar Room at the Modern - Still Good

kathryn | | Aug 7, 2012 11:54 AM

I had a very good lunch here on Sunday. Around 2ish, it was fairly quiet. Walked in without a reservation. We share 4 different dishes and skipped dessert, as I didn't want to be too full on a disgustingly hot day.

Upside Down Tuna Tarte with fennel, Japanese cucumber and aïoli, and a sesame tuile was very good. High quality tuna. The fennel was a nice touch. I could have done with a little more seasoning and a little less red onion. It's essentially a tuna tartare, molded into a circle, with a tuile on top. I think I might go for the salmon next time, though.

Iberico and Mangalica Jamón assortment with olive oil and toasted baguette was delicious. Kind of hard to share, though, as one of the piles of jamon was kind of sticking together. But hard to avoid when shaving something so thin. Beautifully presented on a piece of slate.

House Made Alsatian Country Sausage with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard sauce was amazing. Meaty, juicy, not too dense filling in the sausage. I feel bad for all other sausages. I also feel bad for all other sauerkraut. I loved this sauerkraut. I wanted to take it home with me. I think I noticed some chopped up banana pepper and pickles hiding in there. All the components were very flavorful.

Pan Roasted Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with oxtail stuffed piquillo pepper, eggplant gratin and natural jus was also wonderful. Cooked to a lovely medium rare, a nice contrast with the crispy breadcrumbs on the eggplant gratin. The oxtail stuffed piquillo pepper was also good. Best eaten with a little bit of each component in one bite.

Service, the room, as usual, was lovely. The room has a totally different feel during the day due to the sunlight streaming in from the windows in the formal dining room. Also the lighting in the restrooms? Top notch. I always forget until I go in there.