A few months ago I surprised my sister with a trip to Tapas Molecular Bar for her birthday and this week she surprised me with a trip to Cicada for mine. The atmosphere was nice, with the exception of the drunk and noisy brits who showed up towards the end of our meal.
The hummus arrived first with two baskets of grilled flatbread. The hummus itself was very smooth and mild, well balanced.
Next came our Spanish olive oil and a small container of sea salt. Following that came our chorizo, we asked about the difference between the iberico and the bellota and our waiter offered us a mixture of the two which was very nice of him. I think we both actually like the iberico better. Although cheaper, it was more 'chorizo-y' and tasted more of my memories of spain.
Our three cheese platter came next, Manchego, chabichou du poitou, and fourme d'ambert. I would have liked the cheese to come along with the chorizo, but the couple minutes wait wasn't entirely unbearable.
On a side note, the service was a bit slow overall.
Following the cheese was the zucchini and feta fritters with dill. Crap, those were delicious. They'll definitely be a part of my regular order. Perfectly salted, warm and savory.
Next came the sauteed polpo with garlic herbs and white wine. The sauce was perfect to dip the bread in and the octopus was well cooked.
The albondigas were next and surprisingly very middle eastern in taste, they were a little lamb-y and unexpectedly pungent. My sister fell in love with the tomato based sauce they were served with. I might skip these the next time around.
Our main dishes came next, I had roast lamb chops with anchovy sause and rosemary. Honestly, I didn't taste much rosemary but the anchovy came through in a few excellent bites.
She had the cod wrapped in prosciutto with 3 mussels. Although the cod was juicy and flavorful, i think the saltiness of the proscuitto was too strong.
For dessert they brought us a strawberry tiramisu, warm valrhona chocolate cake and some delicious chocolate ice cream. I'm definitely not a dessert guy, but the chocolate cake won over my savory heart.
A summary of our two person meal, glutton style:
Main Dish 1-zucchini fritters
Main Dish 2-roast lamb chops
Main Dish 3-wrapped cod
Dessert 1-strawberry tiramisu
Dessert 2-chocolate cake
+ bottle of Crianza