Had a great dinner at Taberna de Haro last night:
Arrived just before 7, patio full/dining room mostly empty, but a party was leaving outside so we ordered wine at the bar to wait. We chose an 8 yr old cab from Castelleflorit for a steal.
Meal started with the house potato salad: nice & creamy with chive accents. The one low point was the long wait for our first bites of ordered food. About halfway through the wait, we did get a basket of bread, but with nothing to spread/dip, it just sat there and teased us.
We chose two pinchos and four larger dishes for the 3 of us. The pinchos (tapas on tomato/garlic rubbed bread) were a blue cheese whipped with hard cider (delicious with a nice zingy overtone) and a house-made veal sausage with olive and a creamy white cheese (I don't remember the name). The sausage had that perfect firm-burst meat texture, but lacked juiciness.
Our larger dishes were chicken slow-cooked in a tomato, eggplant, other veggie sauce. The meat was falling off the bone, and we dredged up every bit of sauce with our bread! Spinach with golden raisins and pine nuts (which might've benefited from a bit of toasting) was fresh and moist. The olive oil it left behind was also an invitation to dip in with bread. A plate of white & dark anchovies with olives and potato chips (silly? inspired?) was satisfyingly salty, with just enough vinegar to balance the fish. White bean salad with saltcod was a nice counterpoint to the rest.
For dessert, we shared the fruit special (a strawberry coulis with a creamy sauce. delicious! The strawberries must've been at their absolute ripeness peak when they hit the food processor!) and the sherried chocolate pudding, which was good, but came cold and was grainier than I expected.
Watched a beautiful sunset, enjoyed the service attention from our waitress and also with Deborah (chef/owner), who served us at the bar and stopped by later to chat about the food. As an added bonus for those who like to taste their food unimpeded, there is no smoking on Taberna's patio.
Not sure what the total bill was (Uncle's treat), but wine was $28, little dishes 4-6, bigger dishes 7-14, and desserts ~$8. I can't believe I live so close, and I'd never been. I'll definitely go back!