Went to AOC Sat night and they came through again with flying colors. It was 6 of us (myself, girfriend, brother, his girlfriend, and my parents) and we sat upstairs on the patio. My first time on the patio and I am not sure I am a fan. It was a bit too dark on the patio. At a place like AOC with the unique dishes, I like to see the food better. In any case, we ordered 13 dishes in total, and 2 deserts. With 3 carafs of wine, capuchino, and tax and tip the total came to just under $300. Less than $50 a person for a full course meal with desert, wine and capuchino at a place like AOC is a very good deal.
Quick run down of the items. We had a blood orange salad with parmesean cheese. We ordered two for the table and could have gone with three, the salad was quite petite, tasted wonderful but very small. We had a dish of lomo and two chorizo which was a nice size dish. Pretty good, but not as tasty as the salad. We ordered the clams which were amazing. Probably the best dish of the night. There were about 10 mouth-watering clams that absolutely melt in your mouth. I am usually not a huge fan of clams because they tend to be a bit chewy, but these were like butter. There was a broth that came along with the clams that was remarkable as well. The clams are a must have. We had the skrit steak and lamb as meat dishes. The steak had 6 nice size pieces and I thought it was good. I was not wowed by it but my brother and my girlfriend loved it. It came with a blue cheese butter. The lamb was really tender, but I suggest ordering two as there was not as much meat as the skirt steak. I found the lamb to be really tasty. We had two orders of the market fish (striped bass) with myer lemon and olives. My parents absolutely loved the fish. I thought it was good, but I think my tastebuds were spoiled by the clams. We also had the arroz negro with squid. This dish was plenty large. The dish was very good and my brother's girlfriend (who comes from Spain) loved it. As far a vegie was concerned, we had the cauliflower in curry and vinegar, the mushrooms, and the brussel sprouts. All the vegies were great, the cauliflower and brussel sprouts were plentiful, while there were fewer of the mushrooms. We also had an order of their signature dates stuffed with parmesean and wrapped in bacon, great as always.
For desert we had an exotic ice cream sandwich and a ricotta cheese cake along with a round of capuchinos. Both were excellent, but the cheesecake was the best I have ever had. It was so light we could have had 10 of them.
Almost better than the food was the service. At one point I was finishing up my wine, there was just a few sips left when I noticed quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of the glass. I informed the waitress just hoping she would maybe strain it into a new glass. Instead, she promptly brought me a new glass filled with the wine. The service was on the ball all night.
All in all, an excellent experience and a must try restaurant.
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