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sample on smith st

jason carey | Nov 7, 2003 08:14 AM

Hi I have not seen anything about this place on the board, so I will give a short report on my experiences there.
I went at about 10 pm about a week ago. It is a small place with a bar in the front and a few tables in the back. The decor is low key and they have maps and other stuff on the wall. In the front by the entrance there is a bookcase full of cookbooks that I assume the customers are free to look at.
I sat at the bar and ordered a white wine.
It was a new zealand SvBlc.They have a small but eclectic wine list from all over the world.
The main idea of this place is preserved foods. They are served on little plates and are organized by the contents.. Vegtable plates $4, Meat $5, Fish $6.
Each catagory has a few selections.
I over ordered,, One plate of seranno ham (jamon)one of marinated anchovies in oill; not the super salty kind, one smoked mussles, one olive plate ($2.50)
and one marinated artichoke hearts.
All in all the food was very nice for a late nite meal. The ham was terrific and not too salty. Not as aged as i tend to like it, but very good indeed.. HQ
The Anchovys were totally excellent. just enough acid to ofset the oil. The artichoke hearts were also excellent. More like home made than the nasty usual jarred kind. The 0lives were in a brine and also come with pickled garlic cloves that are excellent.
The only disapointment were the mussles that were a little large and too chewy(read tough) but the flavor was still good. Also ordered a nice spanish cheeze, but cant remember what kind.

All in all a very good experience. The truth is I ordered enough for 2or 3 people. they also have specials every night(the anchovys)
Remember they dont have a kitchen so I dont think there will be any cooked items
j

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