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Bar Tonno - Phenomenal (Review) Long

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Bar Tonno - Phenomenal (Review) Long

NativeNYeater | Oct 4, 2004 10:21 AM

I went to Bar Tonno for dinner on Saturday night. Though not very crowded, the seats were
more comfortable than they looked and the service was fantastic. The decor is minimalist, but
well done, (check out the bathroom door)

On to the food...
Extremely well executed, great presentation and amazing taste.
We started with the West Coast oysters with a seafood gelee, and the orata rossa ( a
whitefish) with citrus and spices, yum.
Then we had the fluke with shitake mushrooms, seaweed and leeks (it almost tasted like
mushroom ravioli in a pesto sauce) and the tuna with an uni sauce (not bad, but overdone)
Then we had the diver scallops in olive oil and chives, again very good, but becoming more
common, and the octopus with balsamic, heirloom tomatoes and mint (awesome!)
After that we had to try the squid ink shots, which were really cute and very good (squid ink
and potato broth with mussels and squid)
and finally, as they don't do dessert, we had a cheese plate with 3 cheeses each paired with a
jelly-type accompaniment, there was a triple creme with a grape jelly, a jasper hill goat's milk
cheese with an heirloom tomato jam, and a great blue cheese with a fig compote, (my favorite).
We had the cheeses with a glass of sherry (recommended by our waiter, Ezra) which was well
paired and finished our meal with a shot of green apple juice with ginger.

A wonderful meal and though I hope the restaurant prospers, I am worried for a time when I
will not be able to get a reservation! Frank Rooney is supposed to be there tonight or tomorrow,
have a feeling he will pan the place, but don't listen to him!

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