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Cafe Zelda Newport - why bother

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Cafe Zelda Newport - why bother

1K Diner | Oct 9, 2004 05:50 PM

Went as a family to Cafe Zelda today on a chow rec. At 12:30 the room was empty, although two other tables were occupied by one thirty.

The calamari appetizer was smallish, and just so so. The menu claimed hot peppers, yet they were absent, and this seems to be a staple of RI calamari. (The best RI calamari IMO is at Paragon in Providence).

Two of us ordered the special, which was sorano ham, pear slices, and brie, as a toasted sandwich. The ham was thinly sliced, nice salt, and zero fat. Perfect. However, the pear needed to be also finely sliced for a sandwich. Instead it was thick, uneven slices, which made difficult eating. The whole thing was dry toasted (without butter/oil on the outside) which sapped the bread of any flavor. The melted brie inside made up for this a bit.

Others had grilled chicken sandwich, which was served on a nice sweet bread. Yet the oversized chicken 'slabs' were just 'there'. No elegence, or special flavor. And the fries were limp.

The nohri tuna appetizer was also just 'there'.

Chilean cabernet was served in an undersized glass, about a day past its peak. Between the four of us there were two cokes, one iced tea, the calamari and tuna app's, and the three lunch entrees. For $77. this isn't a chow type place. I would spend double for great food, half as much for this version.

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