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Anju - a small review.

peter | Sep 15, 200512:51 PM

Went to Anju for dinner on rec from this board. It bills itself as seafood tapas with a twist.

The restaurant is in a relatively small space (less than 10 tables), kind of sparsely decorated. There are small paintings on the wall. On the back wall a classic movie is being projected (Breakfast at Tiffany tonight, I don't know if they change everyday). Spanish music played in the background. All the chairs seemed to have torn backs. I wonder if it's by design.

The menu lists about 20 tapa items in 3 categories: seafood, cold, and hot. They were in the range of $9 to $12 each, not too bad. There are also 4 types of paella ($25 each). We decided against the paella and picked 3 tapas: scallop, shrimp, and meatball. The scallops were pan seared and came in four surrounding a bed of mix greens with vinegrette dressing. Two were medium, and two a little smaller. Some pine nuts would've enhanced the mixed greens. The scallops would be much better had they been more similar in size.

The shrimps were pan grilled in olive oil. More garlic would've made this dish better.

The meatballs were two medium sized in a creamy mushroom sauce. The bill came to $30.

All in all we were not impressed. Mostly because we feel that we could duplicate those dishes at home. There were nothing exciting or unusual about the prep. It's a nice place to have a drink and some tapas, but nothing special.

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