We hadn't been to Mandolin in a while, and stopped by for a quick bite at the bar after a movie. Gotta say, the food was delctable and the service outstanding.
The bar was packed and noisy when we arrived, but in a n ice high-energy way. (bar tables could be just a skoosh bigger) Our drinks showed up pretty quickly -- mine an eminently drinkable Manhattan. We ordered the sliders, which were pretty good, though the fries were on the limp side.
We also ordered the charcuterie plate, which was perfection. A little ramekin of chicken liver pate was capped with a thin crust of fat that cracked open to reveal a luscious, perfectly velvety spread. The housemade breseola and country ham were likewise expertly crafted -- neither too dry nor too slimy and full of flavor. The country ham was surprisingly tender. The pickled onions and smoked quail egg wonderfully complemented the meats. Bravo!
Service, was absolutely wonderful -- attentive, without being intrusive, enthusiastic (this is an underrated trait in servers -- not much can spoil a good meal faster than a server who hates his job) and very knowledgeable.
We are eager to return to Mandolin to sample more of the menu, but would go back just for the charcuterie alone!
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