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Ser in Ballston - Report

Steve | Feb 8, 201605:44 PM

Ser is most notable for what it's not - a tapas place. Yes, apparently the Spanish have normal restaurants with normal sized portions.

So much for the good news. Oh, it's a respectable place with a certain amount of foodie cred, but the prices are a bit elevated. And judging from what we had, not fully justified. We ordered two dishes: quail and oxtail. Also got a side dish of padron peppers.

The quail was stuffed with a few things -including huckleberries- and had a nice gentle char to it. Overall, it was underwhelming though, and not nearly as good as the quail in rosemary sauce at Jaleo. Also, it was served with a variety of greens with no dressing, which seemed austere. The oxtail was mostly bone. In all my ordering this in restaurants, and even in the grocery store, I've never seen bones this large with so little meat. The sauce had cinnamon in it, which was not all that welcome. The peppers were deep fried and oily and kind of boring.

It was a meal that was more interesting than good. More refined than fine.

SER Restaurant,
Jaleo
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