Cliff's notes version:
Mussels: Very fishy tasting; red sauce is Very spicy (I liked that part).
Chicken with mushrooms & sauce: Chicken WAY over cooked; thin; dry; sauce was bad; tasted like a broth that was thickened with cornstarch or the like.
Scallops wrapped in bacon: AMAZINGLY GOOD but Very pricey; they were awesome but very very small and very expensive (~$14.00 for 5-6 very small scallops); mayo & sauce on them was excellent.
Bread: warm, good tasting; oil at the table in little oil can seemed 'off'/'rancid' tasting.
No salt or pepper at the table.
I'd return with a Groupon--too $$ if you're hungry.
I only discovered this restaurant when a Groupon became available for it, so I thought I'd try it out with my 8 yr. old daugher one night.
We went on a Saturday night at about 5:30 pm which is early but I was with my little girl and also I was told that that's when it isn't crowded.
The place is indeed SMALL and the parking is limited in front. We were greeted very warmly by the gentleman at the entrance.
We sat down and I noticed that several of the open tables were "reserved". This is highly recommended when wishing to dine after 6:30pm, btw.
I am completely unfamiliar with tapas menu items so I asked for what was 'recommended'. Our server (I suspect he had some viable interest in the restaruant, as I will explain later) said he would go through the items and tell me what was "good" and what was "popular". This was very helpful, actually because that can be quite different. The menu is brief so it didn't take long.
I ordered the mussels (dau. wanted) & the chicken for us to share (to start) along with & a glass of merlot for me & a lemonaid for my daughter.
The (6) mussels came covered in a very spicy red sauce which my daughter gasped at when she saw (she likes them plain, in broth). The mussels were VERY fishy-tasting but the sauce was good (I thought), although it WAS very spicy (I like hot, though). It was WAY too hot for my daughter to even try & they were very fishy anyway. I ate them all because I was hungry.
The chicken came & it was so difficult to cut because it was so overcooked. This chicken, mind you, was VERY thin & should have only taken a few minutes (if that) to cook through. It actually shredded when I was cutting it, that's how overdone it was.
When the server came by & asked how it all was I said, "Welllll...it's terrible, actually." He was taken aback and immediately said he will take it off the bill. I said he didn't need to do that but that it was all just very very disappointing. He immediately sat down at a nearby chair, interested in my opinion. I explained that I cook a lot and that the chicken was terribly overcooked and the sauce was not a genuine reduction but simply thickened with a thickener, instead. I also explained about the mussels.
He seemed upset & asked if he could bring us anything else but sadly I said, "no, thanks." I just really didn't want to taste anything else. What I wanted was the grilled octopus (It's awesome at Basil's) but they didn't have it that night (it was Friday. ??) so I was kind of disappointed right off the bat.
He seemed intent on bringing us something we'd enjoy, which I thought was VERY genuine, sweet and SMART! He came back with the bacon wrapped scallops (as above). Very Very good, but too $$ to order, in my opinion unless you have a groupon to get them for half off, which would be 'appropriate' in my opinion.
In the end, he presented my with a bill for just the glass of wine I had & the lemonade my daughter had, which was very very generous & unexpected. I paid the bill & added the cost of what we liked (the scallops $14) plus a $10 tip which is what it would have been on the entire bill, just because of the effort he made that night.
All in all, I would return because this man was so very accomodating but I think it is still too $$ for the quality of food that was presented to us that night.
Service was the savior here~
Hope this helps.
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