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fabu big-party dinner at Salvation Cafe, Newport RI

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fabu big-party dinner at Salvation Cafe, Newport RI

MC Slim JB | Jan 22, 2003 10:22 AM

I threw a 50th birthday party dinner for my brother and his girlfriend at the Salvation Cafe. We were seated in the big back dining room, where we took up 1/4 of the space. A superb evening: very accommodating service (an extra two people showed up last minute over our max-headcount of 18). Funky, hip atmosphere: mismatched silver & crockery. A very broad range of slightly-Western-fusion world beat cuisine (Thai, Carribean, Mexian, Indian, Japanese, and so on) in generous portions. Mine was edamame for an app, and a pork vindaloo entree that was not to be mistaken for authentic Punjabi, but very nice, with real chili bite. I'd say 19 out of 20 attendees were happy to very happy with their meals. Terrific service, no mean feat when serving 20 raucous guests. By prior arrangement, the staff had sourced a delicious carrot birthday cake from a local bakery. Good beer selection and some decent values on the wine list ($20 Alsatian pinot gris). The bar out front was a scene, and served okay, not wowing, cocktails (weak margaritas). "Best birthday party ever", says my brother, and that venue deserves most of the credit. Highly recommended. Average cost per person, with lots of drinks and a 20% tip included, $35. Teetotalers would have gotten away for a third less. A real winner all around!

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