So Ann and I decided to dine in the bar/lounge after work Friday. Already a pretty decent crowd a little after six.
The atmosphere was pleasant, hip but not snotty, a nice place to have in the neighborhood. The lounge was starting to fill up by the time we left, but the volume was such that conversation was still possible.
We sat at the bar and had the following:
CRISPY BABY OCTOPUS
with fried lemon slices and horseradish-caper aioli ($8)
Yes, calamari-like, but nice and crispy (corn meal, I think) and not too greasy. And I think I could have polished off a separate dish of the fried lemon slices.
BREAKFAST RADISH & FENNEL SALAD
with ricotta salata and orange-coriander vinaigrette ($7)
PRESSED PULLED PORK SANDWICH
with sweet pickle chips and provolone cheese ($11)
I loved this. The pork was smoky and juicy and not doused in sauce, the pickles a nice contrast of taste and texture, the provolone a surprising but winning touch. Shoestring fries were excellent.
PRESSED BLACK PEPPER CHICKEN SANDWICH
with smoked mozzarella, Asian pear and watercress spread ($12)
Ann enjoyed this and saved half for Saturday lunch. Unfortunately she left it at the bar. If you see it there please send it along. The sweet potato fries were unusually good and crisp, encrusted with coarse salt in the manner of a pretzel, offsetting the sweetness.
BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE PUDDING
vanilla brandy whipped cream ($7)
Damn, this was good...but not as spectacular as the chocolate pudding Ann made last night, which was more like a pot de creme. (I'm a lucky PlonkMan.)
I had a good glass of French Syrah for $9, Ann had a California (?) Pinot Noir for $10 and a Spanish Mourvedre for $8, and we split a Moscato for dessert ($9).
Total before tip $86.20. (Probably would've been cheaper if we hadn't been drinking wine by the glass.)
We're going back for my birthday to eat in the dining room.
Consider this a very very enthusiastic recommendation. Brooke rules.
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