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a revisit to Esca

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a revisit to Esca

fusilli | Oct 6, 2001 06:55 PM

overall: id be happy to go back, but they have salting issues with the food

the service:
the last time i was there, they were all full of attitude & unpleasant-in fact almost nasty. this time much better. very professional

atmosphere: i still find this joint to be stiff

food:
the crudos (basically sashimi) were very good...
the crab cake appetizer was good
the baccala was not veyr good at all...
the bigoli with fresh anchovies was pretty good, but i made somtehing similar last week that everyone thought was better so...

the problem:
they have a salting issue here. i know that Batali's restaurants all seem to be bold with salt. fine, no problem. i know that pasternak, the exec chef here, likes different kinds of salt, uses them coarse, etc.
BUT: somebody has a loose hand. the white bean bruschetta was nearly indedible it was so salty. this is almiost the same bruschetta Po has served for years. The baccala same problem-way too salty.
(I liked the coarse grains of salt on the crudo-nice textural touch.)
{last winter when i went here, i had a salad with big chunks of unground salt-not flakes,- this was a problem.}

they really gotta watch it there with this. graciously, when i told them, they took the baccala off the bill.

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