Wow this place was amazing. Only con what tapas place doenst have Sangria? WTF?...Anyway the food was excellent portions were small but I mean this is how you eat tapas. Wine selection was greta Overall dinner was 100 dollars with wine not bad. Please is very trendy which I liked.
This super-hip restaurant's main claim to fame is their small plates, although they now make full size servings. I'd stick with the small plates when dinning with friends, as it encourages sharing, and gives you a leisurely dinning experience. The food is incredible, I loved the ricotta ravioli especially. Their specialty drinks were delicious, and the staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. The decor was very po-mo, but not so much that it was tacky for this traditional girl. The price was a bit steep, but well worth it for special occasions. I look forward to going there with my friends again.
Located in the Hotel Adagio. Pretty slick space/atmosphere (albeit dark). Went for Dine About Town 2006 and had a great meal. The hangar steak was surprisingly very tender. I'm not sure what they did to the steak but it worked! Salmon was also quite good. I don't think I would pay their regular prices (~12-18) considering there are cheaper (and good) small plates places in SF, but the food was pretty solid.
Okay, let's get the grumps out of the way first:
The service is s l o w getting to the table, and seemed friendly, but rushed when there.
The food is great. The thin sliced Lamb practically melts in your mouth. The Prawns on lemon garlic butter & creamy crab rice and soup shots also stand out in my mind as yummilicous, and if you are headed that way order the Hanger stake too. Mmmmmmmm.
Save room for desert, because you'll probably want two or more orders of the Pan Pardue. It's served with ice cream, but scoop the ice cream to the side, because you don't want to miss out on how amazing it is on it's own. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
The interior design is sort of a modern-art deal, but it's intriguing works well. The lighting is a bit low, perfect for first-dates. The chairs are the most comfortable I've ever sat in.
And one more thing. I wouldn't say this if I hadn't seen other women notice both times I was there. They have an unusually high concentration of good-looking staff there. I even saw women switching places at the table so they could take turns checking out the kitchen staff. So if you're date isn't going well, you can enjoy watching the cooks. Rar!
Space is fabulous, the wait staff very attentive, the drinks very delish, and the food quite tasty and good.
But, I think the food is way overpriced. I do love the tapas style dining, but on average, these small plates are from $15-18 a piece. You can easily rack up a bill.
If you can indulge, go for it, but I'll take my money elsewhere. IMHO, the food is good, but not that good to command those prices.
Finally dined here the other night after hearing excellent recommendations for the past couple of years. I was not disappointed. Service was great and the atmosphere was lovely. We ordered the crudo of the day (red snapper), the rare lamb noisette, the foie gras terrine and the prawns a la plancha. the prawns were definitely my favorite, followed by the foie gras. Well, the crudo was delicious as well, so fresh! For dessert, we had the beignets, which weren't all that exciting. All in all, I cannot wait to go back again. There are many other dishes I would love to try out.
Black heels with fishnet stockings and a red dress
By A Yahoo Contributor, 2/24/06
A towering space with glamourous fabrics, shapes and architecture. Starting the meal with soup shots warmed the palate, followed by Foie Gras Terrine, Steelhead Tartare, Glazed Duck Breast, and finished with Fries with Harissa and Zaatar Spiced Aiolis.
Every tapa plate was beautifully prepared. The space is dark and red and the food is very dramatic. Be aware the servings are perfect and minimalist and set one up nicely for a delicious, melt in your mouth dessert. Espresso and a Tawny closes the meal very neatly.
Very cool and cold walking in, very sexy and groovy walking out.
I went to Cortez for my 52nd birthday with my husband 2/06. Like everyone mentioned, it is expensive. We got four tapas, the halibut and grilled prawns were wonderful. For dessert I got the chocolate truffle cake. Wow, I may go back just for this outstanding dessert. Get the recommended liquor that goes with this dessert as well. You won't regret it.
I thought it was a very nicely decorated restaurant and I thought that the service was very good. No problems whatsoever.
I just wish you got more food for the money.
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