This sweet little house holds a fabulous food experience. I am impressed that it can hold as many people as it does. Being faced with rabbit and octopus, duck and pork chops, I didn't know where to start! My friend and I love to eat so we started with quince and cheese for an appetizer. A great pairing and a new food (quince) for my partner. Then we enjoyed sea bean salad which I loved. A bit salty, as many sea creatures are, this was refreshing on a hot day and interestingly different from most pre-entre salads, also an excellent contrast to the quince. The other choice I considered was a beet salad that I noticed at a table across the room. It also was beautifully presented and they seemed to enjoy it. I didn't read the bill, but if Crooked House charged for the bread, as previously reviewed, it wasn't mentioned. It was, however, delicious. I don't usually eat the bread because I want to save room for the "real food" as my mother would say, but this bread was a great accompaniment.
I was headed to Alaska at the end of the month so I ordered the Octopus as a warm up to whale blubber and Sheefish. My dining partner ordered the duck. Both were delicious, the waitress was happy to help us choose and the chef helped with our wine choice. That said, I think the duck was too sweet to pair with the richness of the octopus. I love duck and surprised myself by loving the octopus as well, I just don't think they paired well. I'm a "let's share everything!" diner and this time that wasn't as satisfying as usual. The octopus was rich and beautifully presented. I was interested to notice that the suction cups fall off the tentacles! I may have to research octopus a little after this visit. The duck fell off the bones as I'd hoped. The artichokes that came with the duck were a little difficult to eat.
The dessert options were too tempting and we ordered two and were glad we did. The whole experience was perfect for an evening out to dinner. Plenty of excellent food and wine, no rush, intimate atmosphere and friendly, happy to be there staff.
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