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Dieci - Hit or Miss, but Want to Go Again

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Dieci - Hit or Miss, but Want to Go Again

douglas525 | Sep 26, 2009 03:17 PM

Just a review from last night. The small place (maybe 24 chairs) has a cozy feel and up to date decor, so it's a nice atmosphere for a date or for meeting close friends. But as is the case with so many tapas places, some dishes were better than others. The lobster ceviche was so overpowered by the peaches that I couldn't taste the lobster despite the fact that I could see respectable chunks of it. The Kobe beef shabu shabu salad was fine, but I've had better salads of that sort at duck-in Vietnamese and Thai places. For the octopus salad, I was expecting clean, crisp tastes, but the flavors were blurred by the potato, which was acting as a filler. I thought it was good, just not what I expected, and my wife really liked it. The veal piccata was very good. The meat was as tender as veal is expected to be, and we were sopping up the sauce with our bread. But the kicker was the cod dish--cooked perfectly with immaculate flavors seared into the skin, topped with a savory creamy sauce, and served with mixed vegetables. It was this dish, served last, that had my wife and I agreeing we need to go back. We're each getting our own order of that and filling in the meal with new dishes.

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