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Taberno De Haro, Great Service, Good Food

devilham | Mar 19, 201202:14 PM

This is a follow up to this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838626

So had a rare night out with my wife this saturday, scoring some free babysitting from some good friends, and headed out for some Tapas at Taberno De Haro.

The night itself was overall a success, our server was exceedingly nice, just a very pleasant and professional waitress, maybe a little slow to get food to us, but that seemed more on the kitchen (it's an open kitchen, and you could plainly see when your food came up) than on our server, so I give that a pass, it's just that it's been my experience when I worked on a line, the server would set the pace of the meal by telling the cooks when to fire stuff, but no worries, her great attitude made up for any shortcomings in that regard

We decided to go the all tapas route (they do have some entrees priced higher, our server said that let price be your guide as to what is tapas and what is a full blown meal, $16 and higher being the cutoff point).

First to come out was fried calamari, very nicely fried with just a lemon wedge (I would have liked an aoli, and in fact one came out with our bread later on ....two courses in to be exact, which was kind of odd...but if that's how they do it, then that's how they do it), could have used a pinch of salt, but still a nice version of this dish.

Next up were the fried cod balls (I don't know the spanish names, so...sorry?) which I liked quite a bit. Fluffy and light with a nice "fishy in a good way" flavor.

Then out came our bread with dipping sauces, it was the house sauces, which was their bravo sauce and an aoli.....both were quite good, and as I mentioned earlier, it would have been nice to have it around when our calamari was there, but it is what it is as they say)

After that we got the spanish red sausage, which tasted like a nice smoked chorizo, but was smaller in size than what I would normally associate with that sausage. While my wife didn't like it as much as I did, the sausage was nested in a bed of mashed potatoes that had been infused with a fish stock....it sounds odd, but I really liked it....reminded me of the cod balls earlier actually, a good solid dish.

At this point we had exhausted our choices, but were still a bit hungry, so we ordered the fried chicken pieces with garlic, and our deserts ....I chose the 5 spanish cheese plate (I have no sweet tooth), and my wife the house made ricotta with honey. Unfortunately the chicken was a mistake in that it was one dish too many for us (we ended the meal bursting from the sides!) and was sadly a bit of a dissapointment for me.....and I realize this is a case of me expecting something to be what I envisioned, and when it's not the case I get dissapointed, but when I hear fried chicken, I think crispy. This chicken was more braised in a garlic sauce and had no crunch to it at all, in fact the skin was kind of flabby....oh well, that's on me I guess.

We washed the whole meal down with some pretty decent sangrias, and at the end of the day, while I won't be beating the doors down to get there again, I would say it was a pretty succesful evening. Really the only reason I wouldn't go back has NOTHING to do with quality, it's just that we so rarely get to eat out that I would want to try another place rather than waste our 'date night' on the same places over and over again.....that's what neighborhood joints are for!

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