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Komi report 7/26/05

AngelV | Jul 27, 2005 08:44 AM

Went to Komi last night to celebrate a friend’s birthday. In brief, it was a wonderful evening with great food, friends and drink.

One thing I noticed was the lack of air circulating throughout the space. I’m not one who needs to be frozen to death to feel comfortable in a restaurant, but it was rather warm in there. Perhaps the a/c was on low, or the outside heat was just overpowering. There was a fan blowing near the door, which helped some.

Given the heat, we chose a chilled Riesling as our wine for the evening.

For starters, the birthday girl and I ordered the mezzethakia, which included squash blossoms, warm olives, fava beans and prosciutto. Another in our group of four ordered the arugula salad with watermelon. The squash blossoms stuffed with feta and warm olives were the standouts on my plate.

Next, two ordered the spinach gnocci, one ordered the bronzini and I ordered the orrichette with lamb sausage. I didn’t sample the bronzini dish, but the orrichette and gnocci were great. The lamb sausage had a great flavor that ended with a spicy kick.

For dessert, we ordered two and shared between the four. We had the doughnuts with chocolate mousse and the cookies and confections plate. I think we had a Homer Simpson “Mmmm…doughnut” moment. When the desserts arrived, one of the doughnuts had a candle in it and was presented to the birthday girl. (Earlier in the day, a friend called the restaurant and informed them that someone in our group was celebrating a birthday.)

Throughout the evening, the service was excellent. We were never rushed through the meals and everything was timed perfectly. Our waitress kept us informed of what was unavailable from the menu as well as keeping our water and wine glasses full.

Our check was presented with four lemon lollipops. I saved mine for the sometimes-inevitable afternoon crash at the office.

Without tip, the total was around $160. (The birthday girl had the nerve to think we were going to accept her money…ha!) When the weather cools down a bit, I look forward to returning for another great evening.

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