It's a nice feeling when you visit a restaurant and it exceeds expectation. Went there expecting a good meal and had a VERY good one.
Per a recommendation here I started with the crespelle Bolognese. The crepe had nicely varying textures of crisp and doughy, a warm sleeping bag for the meaty Bolognese sauce which perfectly balanced the herbal flavors with spice. I sampled my wife's arugula salad with apples, which had just the right amount of vinaigrette and an herbal punch reminiscent of an East Coast Grill salad.
My entree was the rack of pork, a generous 2.5" thick cut that was charred on the outside, medium rare and juicy on the inside. The sauce was a mixture of honey, wine, grapes, hot peppers and I think turmeric. A nice contrast of sweet, tart and savory, although the sweet dominated. Served with chopped potato cubes and roasted red peppers and greens.
A nice feature of Carmen is their small plates ($3-$5). The large party next to us ordered several of these and they looked good. I have a feeling I'll have a chance to sample these soon.
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