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Tico - did tasting menu with friends last night


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Tico - did tasting menu with friends last night

Kitamonster | | Feb 11, 2011 06:27 AM

So four of us went to Tico last night to use our Living Social coupons... we screwed up, didn't realize we were supposed to call ahead, but they were extremely gracious. Michael Schlow came out to chat about what we like, then for close to two hours just sent out dish after dish. And everything was excellent. Either Chef Michael or a young, very nice chef named Joshua Smith came out to explain every dish. I should have made a list but what I remember:
Fried manchego with a pomegranate honey dipping sauce (I will dream about this)
Scallop ceviche with avocado
Octopus salad
Seared tuna with an eggplant... relish? don't know how to describe but we soaked every last morsel of it up with our bread. It was delicious.
Pork belly with sweet onion (so good I had to post to Facebook about it)
Edamame tacos
Mushroom quesadillas (the only miss in my book - I thought they were too salty, but everyone else at my table loved them)
Sirloin with some kind of spicy rub and a side dish of warm cannelini beans, kale, and bacon - this may have been the overall favorite - meat was so tender and delicious, and the side was a perfect complement
Filet mignon with grilled zucchini - we couldn't decide if this was better than the sirloin or not. Both were just gorgeous.
(both beef dishes came with delicious fries and a nice mustard dipping sauce)
Cheese plate of four local cheeses - very nice blend of the familiar and the unusual
Peanut butter mousse with chocolate ice cream
Some kind of dense chocolate cake with drizzles of butterscotch and spicy sauces - I would drink this butterscotch straight if they'd let me

If I had to find a compaint I'd say the drink service was a bit slow, but the bar area was packed shoulder to shoulder with the after-work crowd so I can't really fault them. Aside from that the service was very good - outstanding if you consider it was only their second night.