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Spoon Bar & Kitchen

AugustusMedici | Dec 25, 2012 06:23 PM

Wow, this place is fantastic. I'm predicting that Leslie Brenner will give this a five star alongside Tei-An.

I've been several times and had different things each time. As you'd expect, John Tesar is a master. He's in rare form with seafood, and everything is executed perfectly. Something as imaginative as a "mosaic" of crudo to simple fish with veggies, all done with confidence. I can't think of another place with this caliber of seafood (or food for that matter). Without going into details, suffice it to say that everything was terrific. I know that's cliche, but it's the truth. There wasn't a single misstep.

The only thing I see holding back this restaurant is the service. It's friendly but inattentive. They almost always mess something up - sometimes it's leaving my obviously empty drink unattended (it ended up staying on the table the entire meal, until it was filled with melted ice cubes), they forget the bread, they once forgot the menu until I had to ask for it. On and on. That's a no-no at a restaurant that charges as much as they do (they even have the gall to charge for plain water!). I hope they can iron it out before the reviewers pounce.

Another odd annoyance - they don't have a bartender. The bartender's just another waiter. On multiple occasions, I saw my waiter go behind the bar to make the cocktail I just ordered. That's bush league. The cocktail menu isn't very imaginative either. The wine menu is oppressively short as well. You'd think they could hire a dedicated bartender.

But none of this matters because the food truly is that good. It overrides everything else. Go soon if you haven't already! I see this place getting white hot and impossible to reserve in the very near future.

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