Part one: lunch at Etats Unis (at the cafe bar). A pre-planned party menu for 16 people (choices of gnocchi or salad; choice of chicken or snapper; choice of date pudding or chocolate souffle) cocktail apps: caviar and something awfully creamy on a cracker, grilled shrimp w/avocado. yummm.
delicious. melt-in-your mouth gnocchi with dungeoness crab, the best comfort food. then: perfectly cooked snapper with balsamic vin. sauce and tender/crispy sweet onions and basil leaves, followed by incredible date pudding for dessert. a pleasant and intimate little space.
Part two: drinks at Macellera (?). hmm. decent bloody mary, not so great vodka gimlet (no one asked straight up or rocks?), and incomprehension at requests for pastis and pimms'cup. friend gave directions on pimms, then ordered glass of pernod w/side of water. commenced to shake and stir between two glasses.
Part three: dinner. Controversial! Spice market. expanded a reservation for four to five - we were told "absolutely not" on the phone Saturday, but had no problem in person Sunday. food: shaved tuna w/tapioca pearls, very good - pearls the best part. Chicken samosas, loved by all. mushroom spring rolls - not so great, but interesting galanga sauce. spring rolls? ordinary. best entrees: red curry duck - I enjoyed this hearty, stewy dish, which was more meaty and less fatty than your usual duck. bbq skate wing very also very nice. prices were OK, decor and ambience were very nice. If I come back it will be for the cool basement bar. I want to try their monkfish and their lobster roll. anyone had these?