Visited 22 Sept., 2014
This place was HARD to find but worth it. We chose this one for our third outing for Fall 14 AZ restaurant week. You got to select one of two menus of small plates, either old world (my choice) or new world (choice of J and S) and each dish was paired with a wine selection.
First course for me was called Tapas in a jar, a very tasty combination of lots of bites; Spanish chorizo, Zamorano cheese, almonds, Spanish olive oil, with olives, Piquillo peppers and baguette. It was paired with an ’09 Telmo Rodriguez godello from Spain, an interesting wine (my favorite of the three). J and S had rock shrimp ceviche paired with an ’09 Don Cristobal chardonnay from Argentina; they both reported the ceviche to be very good. My second course was lardo on bread and p’tite basque cheese paired with an ’11 Huber sparkling zweigelt/pinot noir, rosé from Austria. I quite liked the wine and cheese but could not handle the lardo (neither J nor S cared for it either). J and S got chicken tikka for their second course (all three of us liked this dish a lot) paired with a ’13 Charles & Charles rhone rouge blend from Washington. The third course for me was a lovely though salty rabbit mortadella spread and parmigiano reggiano
on a crusty ciabatta paired with a sweet (too for me usually) ’08 Casabianca sangiovese blend from Italy. The sweetness of the wine went well with the saltiness of the spread and cheese giving the combination a decent balance. J and S were served steamed bbq duck buns (we all agreed they were excellent) paired with NV Sherman & Hooker’s red/white blend from Sonoma. They also chose to add a sweet wine, NV Hardy’s tawny port from Australia.
We then decided that we could handle a bit more as we also wanted to enjoy a bottle of wine. We chose ’07 Yangara grenache/shiraz, Cadenzia Vineyard, McLaren Vale, Australia as we are all three big fans of Australian Shiraz and quite familiar with McLaren Vale wines. To accompany the wine, we choose a 3 cheese, cheese plate (which was loaded with nuts, fruits, and bread in addition to our cheeses). We enjoyed all of our choices of cheese, Humboldt Fog was our favorite but I do not recall the other two. The wine was excellent as well after a bit of breathing.
Overall, we truly enjoyed the food and found the ambiance to be to our liking as well up until the DJ arrived. We would all definitely return.