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In defense of sunday tapas at Ciudad

rere99 | Apr 1, 2008 10:19 AM

I like Ciudad, especially for their happy hour, ceviche, promotions and shuttle to the Music Center, and although I have been underwhelmed by their full dinner service, I must highly recommend their special, only on Sundays, tapas menu. Now before you all get your knickers in a twist, these are NOT authentic Spanish tapas (and in my opinion, nothing in the US qualifies as authentic - a by-product of my having lived in Spain for 3 years), but they are tasty and present great value for your money. In this country, tapas is mainly code for small servings, big prices (and this was illustrated in glowing form last week at Violet on Pico - don't get me started...) but the portions at Ciudad were generous, the perfect amount for 2/3 people to share. Tapas dining is never going to be a bargain, but I never felt gouged. In fact, some of the dishes were downright cheap, including my favorite of the evening, the bunelos (jamon sandwiches with manchego cheese buns). Two small but not tiny sandwiches come to a $4 order, and mine had plenty of good quality ham. Sure the lamb chops are $18, but there are 3 of them, and they were delicious. At Violet, the lamb sugo is also $18, and, I kid you not, the dish consisted of 1 oz of braised lamb in a flavorless sauce on top of 6 oz of dried rigatoni. No wonder the waiter pushed it, it has a 1% food cost! But I digress. If you find yourself downtown on a sunday, I highly recommend Ciudad.

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