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Vale in Hoboken-Mini-Report

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Vale in Hoboken-Mini-Report

MLogan | Aug 31, 2001 02:09 PM

I had high hopes for this place. I had heard about it a few times in the local papers and I knew the owners had lived and cooked in Spain prior to opening. So, I had the opportunity to go yesterday.
Location is very nice (800 block of Washington Ave) and it is a cool, attractive place. Great decor, very hip and modern with a few touches of Iberian culture thrown around.

Menu had a variety of tapas to begin with. Honestly, nothing crazy, all relatively simple. This is actually a good sign to me since tapas in Spain are rarely items that are super expensive and full of "super special" ingredients. So, I thought the best bet would be to start with the Tapas Especial-Patatas bravas (cooked diced potato with piquillo sauce-ok, but the potatos were rather mushy), calamari-bleah, fishy and rubbery, chorizo sausage-eh, oily, stuffed mushrooms (ham/veg/SALT)too salty but ok and finally stuffed mussels-I didn't see any mussels but they tasted "of the sea"

They gave us some pita type bread which was nice but bland (where were the crusty loaves people?)with some garlic/black bean and super super hot sauce ot dip it into. I don't know what the hot sauce was-I never saw it while I lived in Spain but it would have been excellent on buffalo wings.

I gave in to my yearning for paella valenciana. It was ok. Seafood tasted WAYYYY too fishy. Rubbery calamari, a few scattered pieces of chicken....good rice. My boyfriend had Filete con Puree (aka:filet mignon with mashed) Good steak, nothing typically Spanish about it, although a steak in Spain would be served in much the same way.

So, not a glowing recommendation. No liquor license but they will order beer/wine for you from a store down the road (and tack on an extra 4 bucks to do so). The staff was very nice and very solicitous. Great name! But the food....*sigh* too expensive and just not even close to being worth it.

I am holding out hope for La Terraza in Princeton. I will try that next.....

~Margaux

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