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Neptune Room - bar report

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Neptune Room - bar report

belle | May 28, 2004 11:26 AM

Went to Neptune room last night to check it out and grab a drink. The two of us were lucky to get there when we did at about 710 or so as there were two (of a total of four) seats available. I liked the decor - exposed brick, etc but it seemed to me they could have made better use of the space especially in terms of the bar since the "bait" items seem like natural bar snacks to me.

I think all the wines by the glass are either spanish, french or italian, not a huge list but some interesting choices. I had a glass of white cotes du rhone which i liked. They brought out some decent focaccia bread with a white bean dip that was also decent but too chunky and underseasoned for my taste.

We ordered olives and three bait items. My favorite by far was anchovies with potatoes - perfectly cured with just the right amount of potatoes that had absorbed some of the anchovy flavor. My second favorite was the tuna, raw with fried shallots and mint and basil. The quality of the tuna was great as were the fried shallots i just wished it had a little more basil and mint action. not that tuna needs it but the hint of herb left me wanting more. We also had the shrimp with orange and cucumber, it was good but unexciting. The salmon with blueberries looked great.

I'll be interested in how this place does because I think it has great potential but again, didnt put enough thought into the bar. After we'd finished the food (really just a snack for two people) and our glasses of wine the bartender asked us if we wanted coffee or tea which we turned down in favor of a second glass of wine. Fine, not a bad question, but shouldnt they be trying to push alcohol a little more? We were sitting at a bar and its not as if we had just had a five course meal. It struck me as very strange.

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