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NightShift 7pm-7am:LaTache, Hopleaf, 24HRKorean


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NightShift 7pm-7am:LaTache, Hopleaf, 24HRKorean

psychchef | May 26, 2004 12:49 PM

Just reporting on my food shift last night and early this morning. Started at 7pm at LaTache-Great ambience, even the bathroom, dark wood, small tiled floors, white table clothes, etc. Good stirred dry Bombay Saphhire Martini with olive onion twist (i call it garbage martini). Crowded, only one server on our side. So slow. Snails presented on plate with sauce, lardons, (not in the boiling butter dish of many dimples), rate it good(B) but i like to dip bread in the usual butter parsley. then Croque Monsier done very well, small enough to share as app. Very crispy cheese at ends, loved that, ham good too. Salad Lyonaisse had excellent dressing, perfectly (lightly) dressed, and when mixed with the egg and lardons i rate it an A.

Had skate wing, sauteed in brown butter caper vinegrette. Was very tasty. The richness of the skate wing and the sauteeing worked great with the acid of the capers. My companion had the chicken merengo, which i found only average.

Brought a bottle of 1999 Cardiff Cabernet. They charged $15 corkage, which was fine with no hassle.

Dessert-poached pears, drizzled chocolate sauce. Very good way to wrap up the dinner. I give the whole experience a B+. Enjoyed the dinner, noise level not too bad.

Then dropped off my companion and wended my way to Hopleaf to avoid the bars with the big TVs showing the Lakers/Minnesota game.
Got a seat next to a couple of tipsy guys with feet on bar, asked them how that felt for their feet. They removed their feet, and asked for the tab, as they left the two owners said they were overserved but left a $50 tip.

I ordered a Delerium Tremens (great Belgium Beer) on tap the usual mussels with fried and their garlic aioli (by definition). they were fat and juicy and tastly along with the crunch of the fries, and the soft floral and strong beer. Tried to read the paper, but just watched and took in the scene. Worried me a little though when i saw in the mens room that on Tuesday June 8 they are having a 3 minute dating event. (don't move too quickly to be everything to everybody.)

Then went home for a nap because meeting Cathy2 at Korean restaurant for breakfast at 5:15am. Got a few good winks and then moved past the virtual divide in meeting Cathy in real. Was nice, had seafood pancakes, a great noodle dish and studied the menu for our next forays.

Went to work, made a pot of peets saluwesi coffee, downed a Nexium and settled in for a good day of listening.

All in all a great shift

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