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Cafe Umbra, wed night

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Cafe Umbra, wed night

brad brown | Nov 18, 2004 07:08 AM

Yummy! what else can I say. Got to the restaurant about 7 and picked seats at the almost empty bar. Started out with a Joe in Manhattan, my wife went with something fruty, maybe a daquri?? Started with the mussels. They were big and fat, not what you get in most places. The green pepper aioli with them stuck with me for 1/2 an hour. It was wonderfull. The frites were frites, nothing special just really good. My wife had the mushroom salad with ricotta salata. I tried a little and the mushrooms were perfect. Joe the bartender sent us tempura meyer lemon slices with another aioli of some kind, wow! I would never have thought this up. Entrees were Maccheroni di Puglia'-Artisinal Pasta with Braised Veal & Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Pancetta, Baby Spinach and Buffalo Mozzarella for Carrie and the beef two ways for me. This plate had all the foods I love in one place. Braised short rib, grilled skirt steak, sauteed greens, and celery root puree. Everything was cooked just right. The skirt steak was tender, and you could cut the short rib with a fork. For dessert we had 1 scoop of the salty caramel ice cream, and the chocolate truffle cake. The ice cream was great! smooth and lightly salty. The chocolate cake, while wonderful was almost too rich and dense. We also tried the signature dessert, the sticky toffee pudding. Wonderfull!

Had a nice glass of red from Piedmont with my entree.
$96 before tip. All in all a nice way to spend an early wed night.

Brad

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