Quoth the Raven–"Nevermore"

by Sarah on January 23, 2010

is the name of the restaurant we went to one Saturday evening for date night.  Out in the Pocket area, we’d been hearing good things.  From friends, from Yelp, from BAR.
I think they went a little overboard on the birds.  G said something about Edgar Allen Poe.  I had just watched Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ the week prior and was feeling a little
Tippi Hedren—you know the scene where they walk out of the house and all the birds are just sitting there?  It’s totally silent, with only the occasional rustle of feathers.
There was a dang ol’ bird projected on the wall for Pete’s sake.
Ha ha, it wasn’t so bad, but really, I’m having fun with this.
I think I would’ve liked it more if the images I’ve put up were in the restaurant.  At least I could’ve been giggling in a good way.
Onward to the food!  Because as we all know, that’s what REALLY matters.
We started with the grilled Haloumi cheese, arugula, roasted tomatoes and balsamic vinegar on baguette.  This was a delicious way to whet the appetite.  Haloumi is a cool cheese that holds its shape when heated so you can even put it on a skewer.
Doesn’t even really look like cheese, does it?  But it is.  Delicious, delicious grilled cheese, with a nice counterpart of peppery arugula, sweet tomato and tart vinaigrette.
G’s mussels.  These had chorizo, smoked paprika, wine and cream.  The mussels were good, but all you tasted was chorizo and paprika.  And way, way, way too much dry paprika sprinkled on top.
Orchietta, shrimp, red chili, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onion, anchovy and garlic bread crumbs.
Oh, where to start….this was too shrimpy.  I know that sounds weird, but I don’t know how else to describe it.  The pasta was perfectly al dente, the breadcrumbs were nice and crunchy.  The shrimp were plump and the chili was just right.  But the shrimpyness.  My guess is that the chef uses a shrimp stock for the sauce and it’s overreduced.  It just tasted fishy and weird.  I sure wanted to like it though.  The sum of it’s parts did not work on this dish.
G didn’t feel like eating dessert so I was freed to order chocolate!
I ordered the chocolate pate.  Pretty.
Creamy and delicious too.  The tart fruit purees provided a good punch to the sweet, creamy chocolate.
As you can see, I liked it a lot.
While the appetizer and dessert was delicious, neither of us liked our entrees.  I also wasn’t crazy about the wine list.  Too limited.  Every wine is Northern Californian, many from nearby, and I get that.  But there are some great wines out there that are super affordable.  This whole eat local thing isn’t necessarily the best thing for wine lists, in my opinion.
You can see the menu and wine list here, if you want.
So, the Raven kept on saying “Nevermore”, but I’m not sure I’d say “nevermore” to Ravenous.
But I might bring my own booze next time.

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