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Fiction wine bar

David | Jan 6, 2004 08:14 PM

Just returned from Fiction's new 'wine bar' expansion. Outstanding.

Started off with a selection of 'tastes'. Offered instead of a tasting menu, each taste costs $3.75, or 3 for $10. Great value, and lots of fun for our group. We sampled all of them and every one was very tasty. What I remember follows.

- Crab ravioli in bisque
- Beef tartare
- Fried Fanny bay oysters with Avacado cream
- Truffled eggs on brioche
- Potato, prosciutto wrapped prawns
- Beet cured Trout

They have maintained their cheese plate (one of the best, IMO) and have added a charcuterie selection. What's nice about their charcuterie is that it's all done in house, nothing against buying it, but I think when the chef puts the time into curing his own charcuterie, there is got to be a lot of heart involved.

The design is sharp. Nice and warm with the rough marble fireplace and leather couches added between the two spaces. It's a nice transition between the lounge/bar side and the restaurant/dining side. We started on the couches and moved to a table, and then back to the couches for coffees. nice. The whole aesthetic is very modern, sort of minimalist meets Euro-chalet.

The chef has just defected from Lucy Mae Brown, but I know that it is the same owner, so maybe that helped.

All in all we had a great time. Service was professional but very friendly. She had an excellent wine knowledge and educated me on their Riedel glass program.

I had no idea that wine tastes different in different glasses, perhaps this could be a thread. I swear, and I was skeptical, but with these wine glasses they used which were designed for each particular varietal, the wine tastes so much better. Crazy.

Anyway, I went to buy myself a set, but they are offensively expensive, like $50. each glass!

Fellow hounds, hope you enjoy.

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