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Sarma and the Multiple WOW!s

opinionatedchef | Mar 30, 2015 10:39 PM

Few things top a really 'Wow!' experience at a restaurant, and you can feel safe laying odds that at Sarma, you are going to have many more than one.

We usually order liberally at Sarma, but we hadn't been there for a long time, and tonight we waay over-ordered. Or, I could say, we ordered enough for our extended family of departed souls but too much for the two who were physically present.

I don't know why I felt compelled to order the whole shebang at the beginning. Maybe it was because it took me so long to winnow down that very large list of options to a more manageable (hohoho) list. We were able to "Just Say No " to the fantastic fried chicken, but did end up getting another of the nightly specials, which brought our dinner to 10 dishes. But next time, we're going to keep to 5-6 dishes MAX. she said.

Fortunately, 3 of my favorites for the night arrived at the beginning. The Deviled Eggs with Truffles, Capers and Yoghurt were easily the best deviled eggs I have ever had. Tart, creamy, complex layers of flavor, with (unknown) crispies on top. I really had no idea that deviled eggs could be this amazing. The Chickpea Crepe filled with Braised Lamb was a particularly hearty dish. Small moist falafel-tasting crepes filled with tomatoandspice braised lamb , layered with
tart creamy labne and other spreads. Again, what really impressed me was the complexity of flavors that was perfectly balanced, and the utter deliciousness of it all. And then the Brussels Sprouts. My Love suggests that I mention that these were far from the charred and very tasty Brussels sprouts elsewhere. These were spice coated and charred and topped with a bountiful layer of crispy chorizo bits and bread crumbs. KILLER dish- is apropos.

Other delights: Swordfish, Mushroom Moussaka, Salt Cod Skordalia Croquettes, Pumpkin Fritters, Ribollita, Lamb Kofte sliders (no room to even taste them,we brought them home)
and the Potato 'Spanakopita'. This last dish reminds me to mention one of the few possible negatives of dining at Sarma. The kitchen sometimes uses food terms that are misleading, either because the chefs are playful, or the food term actually means something different from the way it has come to be used here. The Potato 'Spanakopita' is like that. I really wanted something made with crunchy filo, but this was hollowed out creamer potatoes with stuffing.( Certainly not a major point for most people, but you may want to ask your server for a description so you have an accurate idea of what you are ordering.) This, the skimpy bar pours, and an attitudey server- were the only drawbacks to our experience at Sarma, and they were all eclipsed by the amazing food.

I had really hoped to have the Tuna Nayeh, Octopus, Duck, and the Fava Spread!, but that was totally impossible. (We were already bringing home leftovers for an army.) I do hope we can try them next time (our waiter said the menu is changing soon, but that our raved brussels sprouts and lamb crepes would carry over.) Can't wait to return.

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