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Red Fez late

MC Slim JB | May 23, 2004 03:04 AM

Magnetic Fields end at 10:30p, so we decide on a reliable late-night nosh at the Fez. Bar is jamming, so we opt for a table in the cavernous, mostly empty dining room, where the volume of the (excellent) pre-recorded music is better suited to conversation.

Mezze parade: merguez with good garlic sauce, cannelini/garlic spread on mini-pitas, cheese plate (excellent West Coast blue, good Austrian double-cream, respectable feta), the puck-shaped felafel (looser and blander than usual, not up to standard), lamb meatballs. Very good cocktails. Interesting pair of smallish baklava for dessert, one walnut, another different in some way we can't quite identify (pignoli?); nice subtle rosewater flavor in both. Espressos mixed: decaf harsh, caf better.

Service is a bit distracted (clearly more interested in slinging drinks in the bar at this point), but passable. $80++ to fill up three hungry people, half of it in well-made, birdbath-sized strained cocktails. A very pleasant late-night meal.

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