Saturday 8:00pm. Atmosphere is casual. Live music but all selections by guitarist sounded similar. Overheard wait staff commenting on a customer's remark that the guitarist was playing only one chord! I was looking forward to enjoying my tapas and reminiscing of my six weeks in Spain. The sangria was the worst I've ever had. Fruit was hung off the side of the glass, instead of being incorporated into the wine, ice cubes were in the glass, watering it down more than it was, and no other alcohol was present.
The presentation of the tapas was creative. The skewered beef tip was tough and chewy. Pinchos de Cordero ( lamb skewers with fresh mint mojo ) were very salty with uncooked centers. I didn't taste any mint. Piquillos Rellenos de Cangrejo ( Dungeness crab and goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers) looked appetizing on the plate and did taste good but the filling was definitely goat cheese with a small amount of finely ground up crab. Another item, the crab cakes, had a filling that was too processed and felt mushy in my mouth.
We ordered a dish that had the word manchego in it. So we expected the item to arrive with manchego cheese in it. When I questioned the bartender regarding the lack of cheese in the dish, he told me that Manchego was a region of Spain. Interesting!? (I had never heard of this region of Spain. From what I could research, the only manchego that came up was related to the cheese made from the manchego sheep, in the La Mancha region of Spain.) This tapa was a delicious blend of vegetables with two small pieces of toast.
An almond cake arrived with an orange ice cream. I'm trying to be honest and helpful with this review. I could only taste a lemon-citrus topping over a vanilla cake with a very small dollop of vanilla- tasting ice cream. I questioned if I was given the correct ice cream. The dessert was acceptable but it just wasn't what I was expecting.
We paid $68.00 plus $10.00 tip for two and were disappointed.
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