I recently found myself in the downtown area around lunch time, ravenously hungry and debating if I wanted to drive up to Mama Testa’s and fight for parking or go to my usual weekly stop at El Cuervo. Then I realized I was within walking distance from Currant, which I’ve been wanting to check it out. Given that I had tons of time on the parking meter, it presented a good opportunity.
It was modestly busy, given it was a holiday week. I was initially offered the bar but asked for a table which was given to me without a snotty look or comment. Shortly after I was seated, I was given water, a menu and asked what I wanted to drink. Being grossly under dressed and cold from my walk, I asked for hot water which appeared within a short time.
There were some interesting items like fried garbanzos with Spanish paprika and truffled popcorn that looked good but given that I was alone, I wanted to save my stomach and $$ for real food. I ended up picking the Malpeque oysters w/ smoked salmon and cucumber mignonette to start and the morel mushroom omelette w/ fries for the entrée.
I love fresh oysters of all kinds. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the Malpeques b/c the salmon completely overwhelmed the oyster. All I could taste was very salty smoked salmon, even when I took off the salmon and ate the oyster alone. The cucumber was soggy, giving the impression that it had been marinading in the mignonette for a long time. I was quite disappointed.
Omelette came with a large mound of french fries and salad. Salad was a nice pile of dressed baby lettuces. It was fresh and pleasing to the palate but lacked that acidic “oomph” that a great dressing has. Fries were the best part of the plate—nicely crisp with just enough seasonings to make it gently tasty. Not as “wow” as Oceanaire’s or Café Chloe’s fries, but good enough to satisfy the french fry lover in me. Omelette was very fluffy, dressed with a few morels in a cream sauce on top with sauteed onions and fresh cheese inside. Omelette was decent but again, it lacked that “oomph” or “ooh” factor that plagued the salad. Maybe a light sprinkling of fleur de sel would have kicked it up a notch.
Total damage w/ tip and tax was just under $40. Overall, it was an ok meal for what seemed to be a high price. I would be open to going again and trying other items. However, I’m not sure if I’d head downtown specifically to eat there, like I would for other places.
If I was to compare it to my 3 course lunch at Nine-Ten for $27 or my dinner at Izakaya Sakura which came out around $30, I would easily say these two places outshone Currant by a long shot, both in quality and value.