I love when clients & contractors are in town! Why? Fancy dinner on someone else's tab! Woohoo!
Plus - it's super fun to hang with these folks I don't see all that often in a fun, social setting - gittin' our drink on!
Next up was the Yellow Fin Tuna Crudo ($12.50) - raw Yellowfin, tomatoes, avocado, citrus and serrano peppers. It reminded me of a Poke dish I had years ago at a now-closed place in Mt Lookout. I have to say though - the Poke was better - this was missing some acidity - it was a bit one note in texture and flavor.
The server recommended the Arancini ($10.50) risotto balls filled with braised pork, taleggio & mozzarella on charred greens and topped with romesco. We liked these but they weren't anybody's favorite. It was an interesting combo but when there was one left - nobody staked claim.
I saw Moussaka on the menu - or their version of it in a Lamb "Moussaka" Timbale ($9.50) and had to try it. I - of course - basking in my love and remembrance of My Big Fat Greek Wedding said (loudly) - Moose Caca???? Nobody got it. #losers
This was served with thyme roasted tomatoes and a morroccan tomato coulis - again - good but not great.
We had a couple of last additions before the big finish (just wait for it) - on was the Plancha Mushrooms ($9.50) - they're served with bacon, scallions, lime and cilantro. This was a pretty big disappointment and I wouldn't recommend ordering this. It's really sauteed mushrooms - meh - I can do that at home.
One of the features for the evening was a Prime Beef Steak Tartare ($13.50) served with crispy potato chips, remoulade and an egg yolk on top. We weren't exactly sure how to tackle this but knew we needed to break up that yolk. We mixed it all together (minus the chips) and used it like a dip for the chips. Pretty good - but the beef needed seasoning - maybe salt or something.
Once you tackle the mussels down a bit - you get to the sauce in the bottom - that's when the joy comes. Break off that bread and dip it in that sauce in the bottom of your bucket. Yum. Oleg & I tried the French Classic and it was amazing. We barely let anybody try a bite because it was so good. I tried the New Orleans - and while good - all I wanted to do was push it away and go back to my French bucket! It was a great ending to a fun dinner.
Why Should You Go? I feel like we tried just about EVERYTHING on the menu. All in all - it's good. In a tapas style menu - I really hope to try a few things that I think are AMAZING and that I can't wait to go grab someone and bring them in to try it. The only thing that came close was the mussels. If you're intrigued by those - go and get those and some beers. The service was fine - our server was a little cocky but we really weren't paying much attention because we were having too much fun.