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Baco Mercat - June 2013


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Baco Mercat - June 2013

Tom P | Jun 6, 2013 10:58 AM

Went for the first time last night. Wow. Loved it. There have been complaints on the board about service. We had a waitress named Jennifer who was one of the best waitresses I have ever had. She was terrific. Warm, friendly, very knowledgable, helped us pick a great wine and the best dishes, etc.

The food was really, really good. My friend and I split quite a few things, noted below. The combination of flavors on many of the dishes was incredibly satisfying and original. I can't wait to go back to try more:

BACO TERON - Perhaps my favorite. Wow, was this good. Rich and delicious, with ingredients you discover as you dive into it. It will be difficult not to get this every time I go.

CARAMELIZED CAULIFLOWER - If you like cauliflower, this is a winner. With pine nuts and some wonderful spices.

LAMB STEAK - A strip of lamb, prepared on the bone, with a lot of excellent vegetables, both slow cooked and crispy, underneath, as well as a lovely sauce.

OKRA - A cool twist on a dish I grew up with and love, Okra and Tomatoes. Flash fried then stewed a little, so you get a bit of both worlds. I loved this, my buddy not quite as much as did I.

SQUASH BLOSSOMS - Tempura style, with an excellent olive oil and chive 'dressing'... not the usual plain goat cheese inside but a rather unusual and tasty stuffing of cheeses and herbs.

DUCK - This was served room temp, with lots of spices, quinoa and root vegetables. The duck was in larger pieces... we both thought that if this was a diced dish, it might work better as when you had every element all together in one bite, it was excellent. But it was a mouthful to get it all in one bite.

Anyway, great service and food, so I will be back. Loved it.

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