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Cobras & Matadors

Barbara | | Jul 10, 2002 11:32 AM

I'm a little late in posting this but we were a party of six at Cobras & Matadors last week. Aside from the deafening noise (to which we no doubt contributed!), we loved the place. Of the dishes that we ordered, only the grilled skirt steak was not to our liking since we found it to be somewhat tough and chewy. The herbed green olives and cinammon/nutmeg almonds that are brought to the table gratis are very tasty. I didn't take notes but, from memory, we had grilled octopus with salsa verde, socca cakes (made with ground chickpeas), mussels with chorizo, aspargus with blue cabrales sauce, albondigas, steamed mussels, and some sort of little potato cubes with one or two sauces. It was hard to keep track of everything with so many dishes being passed back and forth. We had three desserts but I can only recall two: flan and some sort of chocolate thing in a cup that was delicious. I'll pay closer attention to the name when we return which we assuredly will.

If you want to have wine with dinner either bring your own ($5 corkage) or stop in at their adjacent wine store and pay no corkage. The wine store only takes cash but they will add the wine to your dinner tab and the restaurant does take credit cards. We bought a Morgadio Albarino which I found to be a little too dry with the food and a '95 Vina Ardanza La Rioja Alta which was perfect. Unfortunately, it was the last bottle and we needed more wine. Second red was also Vina Ardanza but it was the '90 Rioja Reserva which should probably have been decanted and left to breathe for a couple of hours. At our request, they brought us stemware for our wines rather than the little glasses that they automatically bring. Actually, I kind of liked those little glasses for the white wine that we had but the reds needed the stemware.

The service isn't all that great but I suspect that it is more of a kitchen problem than anything else. The servers work hard and are reasonably friendly considering the hectic pace. We were seated right on time with a 7:30 PM reservations. I think they try very hard to honor their reservations.