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In defense of Tempo

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In defense of Tempo

eli | Mar 6, 2005 01:40 PM

I read some less-than-stellar commments about Tempo (5th Ave., Park Slope) in this space, but decided to try it anyway. So glad I did!

First, addressing the complaints that others registered on this board:

-Wine serving size: I agree that glass service would be a good improvement. The quartini size was a little bigger than a glass (a third of a bottle, they say)--in other words, not quite enough to last through the meal, but too big (for me) to order a second. I did really enjoy the dolcetta I ordered. (sorry, don't remember the name, but it's the only one on the menu)

-Service: I thought it was perfectly appropriate. Others had complained that it was overbearing and annoying, but I found our server to be attentive, knowledgeable, honest, and not in the way.

Now, the food: We started with the goat cheese salad and the lune pasta, which were filled with a sheep milk ricotta. The warm goat cheese salad was great, the lune was pretty good, but nothing special.

Our mains were both standout: My partner had the special black bass, served atop swiss chard, which they had no problem substituting for the kale, which had meat in it. (We don't eat meat other than fish.) I had the skate, which was beautiful and delicious. The sauce was a caper/raisin concoction that complimented the fish perfectly. The cauliflower puree was heavenly. Good portion sizes--satisfied, but not stuffed.

And dessert was amazing--can't say enough about how much we loved the sticky toffee and date pudding we shared. Overall, price seemed fair - $115 for 2 ap.s, 2 mains, 2 quartinis of wine, and 1 dessert.

Owner made sure to chat with us and thank us too, which I appreciated as a nice neighborhood restaurant touch.

We'll definitely be back.

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