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JillO | | Sep 28, 2012 09:15 AM

I know it might seem crazy to post about a place without responding to a tourist query around here...but I know you folks can handle it. We love ya tourists, we really do, but somehow this board has turned into a visitor's bureau instead of a discussion board...which is why I usually save these kind of posts for another food board.

I had an absoulutely amazing experience at Racion last week. It was so good, that my GF made a reservation for tomorrow night (this time her treat!)...while we were still eating dinner there last Friday.

It is a pop-up, only Fri and Sat. dinner, multi-course, molecular gastronomy bent (but focused on flavor/texture/etc. of the food itself - no foams for the sake of foams or just to be cool - it all makes sense and it is all delicious), wine pairings/hors d'oeuvres/cocktail included (gratuity not included) - all for $75pp. Only 20 seats per night. They prepare it all in front of you and explain each dish and technique.

Last week we had about 3 types of snacks with a cocktail at the bar before being seated and then a 9-course (with about 5 or so wines paired over the courses) progression of small plates. They do acknowledge special needs so let them know when you make the reservation. The courses were small enough so that I did not feel like I was going to explode at the end, but I definitely was slowing down a bit by course 7... ;o)

The chef is Anthony Cafiero (who recently left Tabla to do just this) and he is awesome - he's trying out dishes for the real version of this restaurant and having a ball doing it. It is in a restaurant space that had a high profile place not make it after only about 2 months (Corazon), so the setting is a bit odd, but who cares. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

P.S. - These dinners are only going to happen through Oct. 6th - so make a reservation now...or wait for the 'real' restaurant version of this pop-up to open...

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