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aKa Cafe (long)

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aKa Cafe (long)

AndyK | Oct 26, 2001 03:40 PM

Went to aKa Cafe last night and had a very very good dinner.

First of all, the place is nice--sleek, but not overly so. The one complaint is that the plastic chairs near the windows are not the most comfortable. We got there around 8 and had no wait. They seem to be doing okay, but were only full for about an hour.

Drinks: White wine Sangria: A nice variation on this- not too sweet, but it didn't seem to have too many types of fruit. Good nonetheless, and a deal for New York: only $5.
Pear martini: This was fabulous: Fresh pear juice, vodka (don't know what kind), and triple sec. Unlike many specialty drinks in this city, you could actually taste the vodka (yes, that is a good thing) and it wasn't too sweet.

Apps: Squash soup: A tasty puree of squash soup with fried sage, spiced pumpkin seeds, popcorn and something I am forgetting. The soup was really rich and the waitress insisted there was no cream or butter. I definitly could have had another bowl. The popcorn was nice for texture, bad for taste.

Watercress salad with pumpkin seeds (a trend?): Nice salad, a lot of vinegar which I happen to like, not as good as 71 Clinton's salad (which might be the best I ahve had)

Mains (sort of, everything there could really be an app or a main, portions aren't big and prices are the same for everything):
Lamb tongue sandwich: Why is tongue not on more menus. I still love my grandma's pot roasted tongue. It is a great cut of meat. Slightly gamy, slightly organ meaty (I don't know how to describe that flavor) very tender. The only prob. with the sandwich was they put too much of the delicious condments on, so they tended to drown out the lamb. I had to sneak pieces out of the sandwich to truly enjoy the meat. The condiments were a berry jam and something else. Wierd, but very good
Vegetable Empanada: Didn't have much of this, but the dough was great. Don't know if it was traditional, but really good nonetheless

Dessert:
Chocolate pudding: Quite good, but not spectacular. One thing about choc. pudding. Why do restaurants never let the skin form? I LOVE the skin. I used to dig under the skin, eat the pudding, and then eat the skin last. If anyone knows of a restaurant with skin-on choc. pudding, let me know.

Apple empanada: Also very good, but not spectacular.
I don't know, perhaps I'm not much of a dessert person. I wish they had some cheese for dessert.

Price: 2 apps, 2 mains, 3 drinks (mediocre glass of wine) 2 desserts: $75 incl. tip

Overall: Very good, would definitly go again, especially if in nabe and want a quick bite before or after a bar. Not too filling, but it was enough.

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