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Minbar - Huh?

NeNePIe | Mar 10, 200502:25 AM

I'm aware of the recent thread regarding Minbar, but I just had to chime in. What a waste of $45 Minibar turned out to be. And we didn't even have drinks!

We are somewhat restricted when it comes to restaurants because we keep odd hours. A friend recommended Minibar, and we were thrilled to discover that it was open past midnight on weekdays. While I'm willing to accept that when you have restrictions -like hours of operation- you have to go along with the limits that come with the territory, but this place, this place couldn't lure me back if it were the only place open from here to Palm Springs.

The service was good enough, but the that's the only good thing that I can say. It's a "Tapas" bar/restaurant, but the food bore no resemblance to the Tapas I ate in Spain. Each plate, which had enough for two small meal servings or four bar-bites, was $8- $10. The price seemed to reflect the somewhat ambitious-sounding bar food, but it turned out to be bland, bland, dull, and bland, and not a bit worth the money. The duck confit (confit? no way.) eggroll was a tribute to 1975 Chun-King, with a pasty filling and an un-crisp wrapping, accompanied by a blunt and unrefined peanut sauce and another sauce so forgettable that I have literally forgotten what it tasted like.

The beet and arugula salad was dressed with a sauce so bland that we couldn't figure out what it was. And somehow they managed to take te flavor out of both the beets and the arugula. That's quite a trick! The Morrocan chicken wings had a pleasing chickeny-ness, but were coated in a thick, sickly sweet coating of pomegranate and orange that still seems to be making my fingers slightly sticky as I write this. The "yucca" (yuca?) biscuits with smoked gouda belonged on a plate besides mozzarella sticks and jalapeño poppers. Five deep fried hunks of sticky dough just aren't worth $9 no matter how you look at it.

I don't recommend the place unless you're looking for a late night bar scene with a bit of pick-up action going on. It's no place to eat.

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