Eager to check out the new incarnation of Onera, I stopped into Kefi on W. 79th the other night, to give it a taste. First impressions of the space are that it is comfortable and cozy feeling, quite nice. Sitting a table for two though felt a little too cozy, as the tables are placed very close to you neighbors and are really the size of a table for one…we are talking small.
The have a nicely priced selection of wines by the glass. A bonus.
So for the food…to start off, let’s talk bread. The bread, which comes in baguette like slices, sadly tasted as though it had been cut far in advance and had been sitting around far too long. This would be a very nice bread if only it were to be sliced closer to serving. The accompanying olive oil was pleasant and had a light fruity quality.
I ordered the broad noodles with braised rabbit. Unfortunately, the execution of this dish was lacking on my visit. It was overall too sweat and was missing the salted flavor notes from the cheese in the dish. While the little pieces of rabbit within the dish had nice flavor, the overall dish lacked. And sadly the portion was a little insulting. Yes it was reasonably priced, but I found the portion to be far too little.
Of the few bites of my companion’s roasted chicken dish I founded it to be fine, if not a little too acidic, but nothing to write home about.
Overall – I want to like this place, and think it isn’t far off the mark and has potential, but I’m not sold just yet…Maybe another visit will provide further enlightenment…we’ll see.