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RW Lunch - Toka?

Pappy | Aug 1, 2002 02:03 PM

Unbeknownest to me anyway, there is a new(?) restaurant on the west side of 19th Street, between L & M, a few doors north of Star of Siam and a few doors south of Rumors. It's at sub-sidewalk level, and has been open since February.

The place is very modern/contemporary in decor. All white, with whimsical white furniture, post-industrial chrome metal chairs, pink/red rear lit fabric on the walls, etc. I'm not doing it justice, as I'm sure some would find it attractive, and to me it's just "funky."

Make no mistake about it, they're very serious about what they do. The place is well accessorized with quality linens, crystal and silver. Service is well trained and very professional. Apparenly is was opened by/with the chef from Occidental (RJ?). He has recently left, but the sous chef is still executing his menu.

The RW lunch offered either gazpacho or english pea tortelloni(sp?) to start, a pan-fried chicken dish with sundried tomatoes and mushrooms or an open-faced lamb sandwich with an olive tapenade as a main, and a trio of sorbets or a peach melba contraption for dessert. The dishes were all very involved, listing a half-dozen ingredients apiece. My guest liked the pasta, the lamb sandwich and the melba, but I'm not sure would have told me otherwise.

I ordered off the regular menu, fried oyster starter ($8.50), which they were out of (funny, only 3 other tables taken), corn soup with crab ($8.50) instead, and pan roast halibut ($15.50). The soup was awful, thin, lacking any corn taste and served in a ridculous bowl that I couldn't even get the spoon into. The fish was fine, but nothing more, largely unadorned and a very small serving.

My guess is that if you did want to try it out for whatever reason (at those prices, you can eat almost anywhere), you'd better do it fast before they shutter the place.

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