Last Friday night my wife and I met a friend for dinner at Modesto on Shaw. I had called ahead to make reservations but they said that they only had reservations at 6:30 (too early) or 9:30 (too late), they did say however that if we just showed up we would be seated and the wait shouldn't be more than an hour. We showed up at 7:30...I really should have taken the 9:30 reservation because that is just about when we got seated. They did have a table at the bar available after about an hour wait, but some guy was smoking a very rank cigar so we waited the extra half hour for a table in the dining room.
While at the bar (which was very crowded with young scensters) I started off with a glass of Ribera Del Duero which had not been given any time to breath, very tannic, so I had to wait about 20 minutes before drinking it. My wife had a Gallacian white that I can't remember the name of but it was good enough to order a bottle when we sat down. Our friend had the Sangria which she took a few sips of before putting it back on the bar and ordering a glass of water.
The menu is identical to the one the list on Saucecafe.com. We had some Serrano Ham, mussles, lamb kebabs, patatas bravas, crispy mushroom caps, and a baked goat cheese with tomatos and mushrooms. All were excellent, but a tad on the smaller side. More pintxos than tapas. Also the Serrano ham was cut with an electric slicer, but I'm not so much of a purist and I still enjoyed it. We split the dessert empanadas, ample for three people. Small empanadas the size of ravioli filled with either berry or chocolate filling.
I was a little perturbed that they brought us the check without me asking for it. Sure it was 11:15, but still it was obvious that we would be leaving soon, we still had wine in our glasses and didn't need to be rushed.
It wasn't that expensive, but the portions could have been a little larger. Each tapas was about $7-8. We had six for a table of three, and although I think we probably ate enough, a little more wouldn't have hurt. Wine is about $6 a glass and most bottles are between $24-28. I think the most expensive bottle on the wine list was a '96 or '97 Pesqura (although I don't think it was the Riserva) for $50 which is a pretty good bargain for an Alejandro Fendandez wine.
Aside from that I would wholeheartedly recommend Modesto, esp. if you can get reservations to avoid a long wait. Has anyone else tried other items from their menu?
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