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Bar Tonno last night (medium length report)

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Bar Tonno last night (medium length report)

fresser | Oct 14, 2004 11:24 AM

First, what a great space! Very narrow, a long bar--didn't realize the name, at least the first part, was so literal! Great atmosphere too--behind the bar is lined with wine bottles, and behind the stools is mostly mirrors. Overhead, there are long, thin cobalt blue lamps spaced probably a foot apart. The staff is efficient and friendly.
On to the most important part, the food. We had 7 dishes altogether, for 3 of us. The total tab, including a $24 bottle of wine, was $125. We had the fluke--great, smooth fleshed fish with a lightly spicy citrus marinade. So good that we ended up ordering a second round. We tried two kinds of tuna, the regular and the Big Eye. Both came with great sauces, one was sort of tomato confit and i must admit i don't remember the other, but think it came with delicious chantarelles. The tuna with the tomato and the sardine both tasted SO like Spain (tho i suppose they're referencing Italy). well, so Mediterranean. The lobster was interesting, I mean, how often do you eat raw lobster(never before this for me). it had a nice consistency, a teeny bit chewy, which was a nice texture change, as most of the fish was very silky.
All the dishes come with some sort of contorni, the sardine with melted leeks, two of the dishes w/the chanterelles, the Tuna with a great cucumber tomato salsa that tasted like gazpacho.
Now, of course, these portions are small, but it's kind of like going out for sashimi and getting little salads too. They have great focaccia, so if you're afraid of not getting enough to eat, i guess you could fill up on that. But I realized that it's perfectly Ok, at least it was for me and my friends (both male) to eat a light dinner--it was all SO flavorful and, frankly, delightful that we were perfectly sated.
Hope others like it too! It's a fun place.
We also thought it might make a good jumping off point for the Tapas Tour we keep swearing we're going to do...

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