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Estragon: South End Tapas: Nothing Amazing 9/15/08


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Estragon: South End Tapas: Nothing Amazing 9/15/08

opinionatedchef | Sep 15, 2008 10:45 PM

We were really hoping this would be super, but it's not.Of the 9 dishes we had, we would return for only 3, and that's not enough.

Estragon has one thing in common w/ Toro: the eggplant dish may be their best. This one was 4 creamy grilled slices topped w sauteed pignoli and chorizo bits and a touch of agrodolce. The salad was the best i've had in a long time: arugula w/ pomegranate , walnuts and a very large round of seared spanish goat cheese. The ham croquettes were much better than i had read; a generous portion of 4 large fried ovals of nutmeg redolent thickened beschamel w/ good amount of chopped ham.

The sauteed frogs legs tasted off and we sent them back. i've never seen fr.legs as tiny as these.

the grilled lamb skewers had no marinade or spice coating; the supporting mushrooms in the wild mushrooom ragout- had been sitting around too long. we asked for a ramekin of romesco sauce and that gave the lamb a little life.

fried calamari was fine; lemon alioli tasty. the fried chickpeas were fine, but boring.
the tongue on crostini had WAY too much vinaigrette on it so you couldn't really taste the tongue.

the 3 icecreams were most intriguing, amply portioned and very good : sherry; nougat, and salted caramel.

the place was 1/4 full at 9pm on a monday night.and not hugely painfully loud like Toro.
service was friendly and professional but the kitchen was wicked slow. the room itself, except for its elegant chandeliers, was not memorable.

The sangria, unlike Toro's, was yucky. the sweet soda pop kind. and THIS from a Spanish owner? ; what's that about? The wine list's 2 riojas were very disappointing.

So i don't think we'll be returning. oh well......

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