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recent eats: o'cantinho, neptune oyster

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recent eats: o'cantinho, neptune oyster

co from tx | Mar 9, 2006 09:47 AM

had an enjoyable early dinner at neptune last night. i won't go on about the space, but it is exceedingly warm and pleasant. tasting notes with the oysters was a fun heuristic, and i thought many of them were spot-on (try the melon-aftertasting ones). crabcakes were two nicely meaty little guys served with a little mustard and a white sauce i didn't recognize (slightly gritty texture, sort of like a roux-based bechamel).

i lobbied for the lobster roll and lost, and i'm still deciding how i feel about the vitello tonnato sandwich we ended up splitting. as far as i could tell, it's sort of a surf and turf take on the cuban--i *think* it involved a big pile of thin veal slices, tuna tartare, mustard, and lightly pickled cucumbers on toasty bread. very rich, and maybe just a tad over the top. (but we did polish it off, as well as its yummy fries).

looking forward to coming back and trying the lobster roll and any other must-haves that people mention.

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also went to the o'c on a quiet tuesday evening. i'd been once before, and the place was cuter than i remembered inside (except the inappropriate, but thankfully quiet, muzak. it only detracted for brief moments when i realized phil collins was playing and tuned it back out).

on to the food: my companion and i split favas, presunto, mussels, and a modest bottle of red. it was a good meal: well (if simply) presented and plenty of food (we didn't avail ourselves of pasteis de nata or christina's afterwards, which must say something)--but damn, is this place *salty*! i worship at the temple of salt, i swear, and i thought the favas were seasoned fine (this homey dish lived up to billing and i'll definitely get it again). but i don't think we could have powered through that ham without the exceedingly mild cheese to balance it out. not sure i'd go back to that dish. mussels were nice, plumper and tastier than last time, with a goodly number of sauteed onions/peppers tossed on top. broth seemed just slightly sweet (but perhaps only in comparison to the salt ham). one of these days i need to get back here for lunch and try a sandwich.

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