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felice | Feb 20, 2004 04:49 PM

After reading Melanie's post and another review by SFWeekly (I think, or maybe the Chronicle), I walked in knowing what I wanted to order: the charbroiled whole fish, the lamb chops, and the lavender/fig ice cream.

Two types of fish sitting in ice greeted us at the door. One was snapper, the other was "the Greek one". Sorry, I don't remember the name, but when I was ordering it, I told the waitress "the Greek one". It arrived whole at our table, garnished with mixed greens and plenty of chopped herbs. The waitress deboned it, and then poured a lemon-oil-herb dressing over it. The deboning made the fish much easier to eat, but I probably wouldn't have agreed to let her debone the fish if I realized that the fish would be getting cold while I waited. Nevertheless, the fish was moist and tasted fresh. The lemon dressing was the main contributor to the flavor. The price, which isn't listed on the menu, ended up being around $20.

We also had the lamb chops- the last item on the menu. It was very simply prepared (grilled or charbroiled?) but it was amazing. There were lots of fresh herbs everywhere that added flavor, but the meat shined through. This is as good or better than a lamb dish at the Helmand.

We also had an olive spread appetizer, which we ordered off the appetizer cart. It was a huge portion, and very olive-y. Unfortunately, the waitress incorrectly told us the dish didn't have nuts. My dining companion was allergic to nuts, so he ended up getting sick about an hour into the meal. He left the restaurant, and it took what seemed like forever for them to bring the check so I could pay. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to try the ice cream.

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