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Cleveland Review - Long

Cafe' | Feb 5, 2004 04:17 PM

Western Reserve Wines tasting of 5- Morellino di Scansano [$13-39] which is a DOC in Tuscany hence Sangiovese is dominant. Not a Chianti fan but 4 of the 5 were very nice and esp. liked Val delle Rose, Riserva [$19]. Would be curious what others think of this wine. Very pleasant and helpful staff and good selection of very good wine in ½ bottles including Burgundies & vintage Ports. Next time in Cleveland will return.

Market Ave Wine Bar will graciously do flights of any of +35 wines offered by the glass. A glass costs $5-10. Pick 3 wines and the charge is the cost of a glass of the most expensive of the 3. Very fair, very nice pours.
’01 Elderton Shiraz was very oaky, vanilla, soft long finish but singular note; the ’01 Domaine St Damian Gigondas green, cool, pepper spice;’01Las Graves watery and tannic compared the first two and the bartender’s favorite.
The wine bar is narrow, deep with a long wood bar on the left and tables on the right with exposed brick walls & wood planked ceiling. Other than being to dark worthwhile wine bar.

Dinner at Lola’s. Friendly Host & Hostess. Nice table, though tables a bit close to each other. The waitress, after asking if any questions ignored me, walked pass the table more than once avoiding eye contact even after I asked another server for help. When she finally, cheerfully/smugly reappeared I chided her for her absence. Service immediately improved, became much more professional.
Trio of Tartare: beef [Kobe], tuna and yellowtail each in its own spoon. Very small portions but very tasty.[$11]
Butternut Squash Pierogi with duck confit and brown butter. Delicious.
Rabbit Strudel [$10] had an oily smell and flavor not to my taste. Michael, who turned out to be the chef /owner, stopped at the table to ask how everything was? Without a moment of hesitation he removed the offending dish and a few minutes later Foie Gras Mouse Parfait [$15] appeared. Delicious. Michael deducted the rabbit from the check and compt’ed the Foie Gras with a hardy laugh and supreme graciousness. It’s easy to understand why this restaurant is busy.
Lamb Pot Roast with Orzo [$21]. The orzo, which is often bland in other restaurants, was so good it was difficult deciding whether to eat the fall off the bone tender pieces of moist lamb or the delicious, perfectly seasoned orzo so together at times seemed the only reasonable answer.
Glass of white and red [$ 7-8/ea]

Dessert at Fahrenheit was Chocolate Coconut Pot de Crème topped with whipped cream, blueberries and cookie was reminiscent of dark chocolate pudding I ate as a child. Comfort food in the best sense. Simple pure dark chocolate flavor melded with coconut, blueberry flavor with a creamy texture against the crunchy cookie it could not have been better ending [$6]
Taylor Flagate Ruby Port was accompanied by a small plate of walnuts and Maytag blue cheese [$5.75]

Civilization replaced the planned Sunday Brunch and was perfect in many ways. A cappuccino, and to my happy surprise, a Russian Tea Cake, a most helpful, pleasant young lady behind the bar, wood floors, red painted tin ceiling, old fashion wood bar to the right with glass and wood display cabinets and shelving to the left, 7 tables in the center, large windows on both sides of tall glass front door all trimmed in wood. A very comfortable Sunday read the newspaper kind of place. Even better, a great location when on the way to the Airport from downtown, which was the next stop.

Thank you for your responses to my inquiry. Cleveland visit was lovely.

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