Restaurants & Bars 6

Piperade report

Celeste | Feb 25, 2004 02:23 PM

So I finally managed to try Piperade last night after months of anticipation. :-)

Overall, the ambiance of the restaurant is warm and inviting. I'm happy to see such a long bar in a small restaurant, it really invites one to come in for a quick appetizer and glass of wine in the future. :-)

My companion and I shared several small plates.

I wish we hadn't shared the sheep milk cheese and serrano ham terrine. This was FABULOUS and I believe I will be stopping by in the future just for a plate of this and a nice glass of wine. It was cooked until the ham was cooked to a firm chewy crisp. Heaven.

The garlic soup with bread and egg was hearty, robust, and entirely satisfying. Note that the bowl is deep so it's quite a bit of soup if you get it for yourself.

The white bean salad with marinated anchovies, red peppers, and egg was good, but to my taste needed a bit more salt with the beans. That said, I really enjoy eating huge broad beans so was happy.

For dessert, the kefir cheese with honey and caramelized pine nuts and almond slivers was a complete winner. The kefir cheese was slightly more firm than Total yogurt and the honey was delicious.

We didn't find the orange blossom beignets to be that great however. There was not enough orange flavor to combat the slightly fatty greasy tone of the beignets. We abandoned that dish to focus on the kefir cheese.

One thing I do need to share is that the service was pretty awful. Our server seemed nice enough, but I checked my watch after sitting for an hour and twenty minutes at our table, and our aperitif glasses had been empty for approximately 30 minutes and she had not checked back in and had stayed far enough away that she was difficult to flat. It was NOT a busy night. I finally went up to the bar to order our glasses of wine for the rest of our dinner. She saw me at the bar ordering wine (walked by) and said nothing. I found that pretty irritating.

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