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Sapa in Chelsea

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Sapa in Chelsea

Claire Li | Nov 27, 2004 11:33 PM

Went there tonight, and overall had a nice dinner. Decor is very pleasant, candles, white fabric, wood (just don't look at the dirty cement ceiling). For appetizers we tried the (3)tiny potato latkes with creme fraiche and caviar ($12-small, nice, but not special), (big, battered) fried onion rings with a stilton aioli sauce (unremakable), yellow fin tuna tartar w avocado roll (good), beef broth (pho) with rice noodles, salad and beef shin (good), and beet salad. Main dishes: salmon with a lemon sauce and gai lan (very nice salmon and vegetables), duck breast with pumpkin and eggplant (the duck was very nicely prepared, tender, slightly crisp skin, but the flavors of the sauce could have been more outstanding), beef with fried oysters and foie gras hollandaise sauce (oysters and sauce were very nice, beef was just "beef"), seared ahi tuna (nice but (delicately) lightly flavored dish), and sea bass with taro potato pancake (also liked very much). We also had sides of sauteed vegetables (turned out to be nicely sauteed tender bok choy) and a fried rice that we didn't order (it had bits of shredded meat and possibly sausage and a little bit of vegetable-OK, but not really worth ordering although most people said it was nice). Desserts that we tried were chocolate fondant (a delicious molten chocolate cake) with honey ice cream, a (bad, mushy) bourbon bread pudding, and a peanut butter and jelly cone dessert that looked cute but tasted just like peanut butter and jelly (another dessert to skip). With 2 bottles of water, 1 glass of wine, and 3 coffees, bill came to about $70 per person, including tip. Not bad. Our waiter was a little strange (my friend thought that he was trying to act?) and he had to keep asking the kitchen about the dishes. Also, we had ordered the spareribs to share (with a peanut and cocoa sauce), but the waiter came out to say that they were out of the ribs because they were not up to the standards of the chef (this was at 6pm when we were the only people in the restaurant). Later, when we were getting ready to leave, about 7:30, I overheard the table next to us ordering, and the same waiter was raving about the ribs, and that they should definitly order them. I wonder what happened...did the chef run out and order new ribs that were up to snuff? Anyway, the food is not worth raving about, but the meal was decent overall.

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