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Bacar, Gruener Veltliner wine and fried RED tomatoes

Krys Stanley | Jul 21, 200401:44 AM

I finally tried Bacar for the first time and had a flight of Australian wines made with Gruener Veltliner variety of grape. Two were quite nice and I was wondering if anyone had any favorites of this type of wine and what type of food they pair with.

I really liked the Hirsh "1" and the Brundlymayer "Kamptaler Terrasem". I'm not a wine person so I won't subject anyone to my description of how they taste.

I always bypassed Bacar becaue Bizou was down the block. Although I just went for the wine, AND this IS the right place for wine, I tried an appetizer and salad.

The food was very good, but I think I'll stick to Bizou for food. I will return to the bar for those wine flights.

The two dishes I had were too busy and the ingredients didn't work together. They were all excelent, but didn't complement each other.

The heirloom melon and serrano ham salad had FABULOUS melon and honeydew slices. Could not have been sweeter or more perfect. As a whole though it was like I ordered three separate dishes that happened to be on the same plate.

In addition to the ham/melon there was dandelion, and some sort of roasted seed. Lovely slightly bitter baby dandelion. But it was like a separate dish. There was also goat cheese that was loveley but was on its own.

The fried squash blossoms had a dipping sauce that was really excellent but did nothing for the goat cheese stuffed blossoms. While good, the coating was too thick for a squash blossom. Cleverly there was a perfect piece of fried zucchini with the same batter. I liked the concept of squash flower and ultimate result together. There was also a slice of fried RED tomato ... delicious. That batter that was too thick for the blossom was perfect for sealing in the tomato and zucchini. The blossoms were on top of a watercress salad which, again was fine in itself, but didn't add to the blossoms.

I didn't know the wine merchant at the Ferry Building wss owned by the Bacar people. It is one of the few places I really like at the Ferry Building. I do have a dilema now. I also found out that Bacar, FPWM and EOS are all part of the same group. I have a personal boycott on EOS because they treated me so inconsiderately the one time I tried to eat there.

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