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Orris last night

DrHowie | Jan 12, 2005 01:29 PM

Just a spontaneous drive by and seeing lots of seats at the counter led us to dine at Orris last night, something we had been looking forward to. We were warmly greeeted and promptly seated at the nearly empty counter (all the tables were full, as the counter shortly was about 15 minutes after we arrived).

I started with a glass of Stoneleigh (NZ) sauvignon blanc my wife started with a glass of Ohyama sake (all 4 sakes are well described on the menu and served cold). Later on I had a glass of the Powers Cab (Washington) and my wife went on to the second (and better, in my opinion) sake on the list.

Dungeness crab salad was excellent: crabmeat on top of long thin shreds of cucumber with a few scattered diced tomato pieces and a rice vinegar based dresing. It was light and fresh and sort of like eating crab on cold soba noodles.

Seafood spring rolls in yuzu sauce: well fried, not greasy but not outstanding either.

fried sishito peppers topped with parmesan and prosciutto: outstanding melange of flavors (that was great with the wine). great flavor, spicy without being "hot". the prosciutto was crisp. More enjoyable than the sishito peppers with dried bonito flakes served at Beacon.

japanese fried chicken: again, nothing exciting. well fried pieces of boneless chicken. Would skip this next time.

potatoes dauphin: a small serving of this creamy, buttery dish was rich and tasty and went well with the next dish

lamb chops: 2 rib chops prepared perfectly medium rare. the most expensive thing we had at $16 but very satisfying.

The service was great, the cooks behind the counter delivered some dishes directly and our pleasant server, Peter, the rest. Attentive and attitude free would be a good summation.

Tab before tip about $77 and about $30 of that was the wine and sake. There are several other items on the menu that sounded great (and looked great as we saw other diners at the counter enjoy them - seafood ravioli with shitake, house smoked scallops with American caviar, tempura shrimp. We will definitely be hitting this place again. Nice to have another "go to" spot in our neignborhood.

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