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Orris Last Night

Ninja | Feb 27, 200501:05 PM

We went to Orris for the second time last night and had a great time. We arrived at 8:30pm and since they don't take reservations, we had to wait 20 minutes, which wasn't a problem. We ordered a few bottles of cold sake (suigui and another one that I don't remember the name of). The suigui was just my speed, dry yet flavorful.

Then came the food:

Thinly sliced marinated duck - nice flavor, but the duck was a little too thinly sliced, which detracted from the robust flavor I've come to want when eating duck.

Lamb carpaccio - great flavor and extremely tender, again, wished the slices were a bit larger.

Tempura fried shrimp - the batter was not greasy at all and wonderfully crispy. The curry flavor in the batter really added to the dish and I preferred simply dipping it in the salt provided, rather than the aioli.

Crab cakes - full of crab, but not as crispy as I usually like.

Grilled romaine - one of my favorite dishes. So creative and delicious.

Shrimp stuffed raviolis - Also another favorite. I love the rich sauce and the wonton wrappers they use are so subtle and delicate, which I like.

Smoked salmon platter - just okay, soft and nicely seasoned, but nothing special.

Charcuterie and cheese - the worse dish of the night. The salami tasted like blood to me and they served less than an ounce of aged Manchego cheese. Totally uninspired and not worth the price. So many better charcuterie plates to be had.

Smoked scallops - nice presentation, over a small dap of cold mashed potatoes and topped with fish eggs. However, I wasn't crazy about the texture and the smokiness was too subtle.

Shishito with fried proscuitto and parmesan - The absolute best dish of the night. Who knew that those ingredients would work so well together. I could eat an entire bowl of these!

Dessert: we sampled the chocolate, vanilla, and coffee gelato and the blackberry sorbet. The chocolate gelato was totally icey, but the sorbet and coffee gelato were worth ordering again.

All in all, we had a great experience. The major complaint is that the portion size is a tad too small. But, with that said, the service was excellent and there are some really stand-out dishes that are not served anywhere else, like the grilled romaine and shishito peppers. Total cost, about $40pp including tax and tip and 3 bottles of cold sake.

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