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Tapas at AOC

lil mikey | Feb 12, 2003 11:38 PM

It’s a small place. Two bars, one for wine, the other apparently for meat. There are only about twenty tables, all of which are for groups of two or four, mostly two.

We got there Tuesday at about 6:00pm and there were very few people there. By the time we left, there were people waiting.

We sat at the bar, and asked the bartender to suggest wines and cheeses. It’s a neat wine service insofar as they have many different bottles of wine that are displayed and served by the glass via a tap-like mechanism. There are probably twenty different reds, and twenty whites that you can order by the glass because of this setup.

The bartenders were very friendly, and offered their suggestions on cheeses, as well as the tapas.

There are goat, cow and sheep cheeses, and from France, Italy and Portugal. The suggestions by the staff were good. We had the three cheese plate (the names of the cheeses aren’t sticking at the moment), which was coupled with a very nice red wine, also suggested by the bartender.

After the cheese plate, we were asked to move over a seat so they could accommodate more guests. Of course it was no problem, and in fact the lady that sat next to us was very fun to talk to.

Next was the tapas. We were told they just “flew in” a guy from Paris whose family has been doing this for years. The “this” is a Crucuiterie (I know I’m hacking this word, but I don’t know how it’s properly spelled. We asked, and it basically means meat-erie. In layman’s terms, which I need, the guy makes loafs of meat combined with other stuff. Imagine a loaf of ham and vegetables and other stuff that sticks together as though it’s gelatinous, but there’s no noticeable gelatin. It’s sliced into quarter inch slices, and you eat it with bread).

We ordered the special of the night, which was a selection of three different meats from the Crucuiterie (again I know I’m hacking this word). We got the jamon (I think it’s aged ham), the duck and another meat which I didn’t write down.

They were okay, but I wish we would have limited the meat to one dish, and tried more of the tapas.

We did try the mushroom tapas plate. It was delicious. I highly recommend this dish.

Overall, I had a nice experience.

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