Restaurants & Bars

After work food and drinks at Azie

nooodles | May 9, 200601:27 AM     2

Azie, as it turns out, is a fantastic place for after work drinks. Today, at least, it was mostly empty until 7:30 when we left.

Awesome. The space is gorgeous, and on a sunny day like today the room takes on the perfect blend of sunniness from the windows and dark sultriness from the plush red velvet couches and dark wood interior. The couches are so comfortable, with giant throw pillows and plenty of cushiness.

About half a dozen choices are available for $12 a la carte or $15 with your choice of well drink, beer, or designated cocktails. If you order the $15 deal you get a smaller portion. All the designated cocktails were pretty straightforward (as in, one liquor plus one fruit, shaken up, with a garnish). We shared a few dishes just to nibble on.

pomegranate glazed pork riblets--jicama, grapefruit and roasted macadamia nut salad with key lime-vanilla vinaigrette. I loved this! The sauce was very sticky and sweet, and the meat was tender. Mostly, it was the sauce that had me smacking my lips.

wok-roasted mussels with chili jam, kaffir lime and thai basil: very Asian flavors. We sopped up all the sauce with bread, but I couldn't help shaking the feeling that this sauce belonged on crab and not mussels.

tempura fried green beand and mushrooms: okay, but definitely not a top contender for prize winning frito misto.

calamari with aioli: nice peppery zing to the batter, and some of the thinly sliced red peppers pack a surprising punch! These were great while hot, if slightly overbattered for my taste. They weren't good as they got cold, but calamari rarely is.

The more complicated cocktails are in the bar menu, and there are about 10 on the signature cocktail list. Names are cute, like pomegranate kiss and Ginger Rogers. The signature cocktails are much more complex, with interesting blends of sodas, juices, syrups, liquors, sparkling wines, etc. I didn't get to taste one.

Wine list was impressive.
By the glass there were:
-2 fairly standard sparkling wines (pommery, I forget the other). Too pricey for what they were
-at least a dozen reds from $8-15
-at least a dozen whites
Extensive bottle selection from all over the world that I didn't look at too carefully. Everything from $30-300 a bottle.

I loved my glass of zinfandel. I wish I could remember the name--lanesplitter? Big, rich California zin.

The thing I liked is is you have a choice of a 2 oz. taste, a 6 oz. glass, or a 9 oz. pitchet of wine. Nice enough stemware, with big glasses for the reds.

Extensive, if pricey, selection of single malt and blended whiskey, tequila, brandy, sake, etc. There were at least half a dozen to a dozen of each to choose from.

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