Saturday, February 19, 2011

Dinner at Tico

今夜はつい数週間前にオープンしたばかりの Tico に行って来ました!ここはボストンでは有名なシェフ、Michael Schlow の4つめのお店で (他の3つは Radius, Via Matta, Alta Strada)、タパス料理がメインのレストランです。コンセプトとしては South End の Toro と同じかも。

Tonight we went to a brand-new restaurant, Tico, which opened just a couple of weeks ago.  This is the 4th restaurant owned by a famous (in Boston) chef, Michael Schlow (other three are RadiusVia MattaAlta Strada) and serves the tapas style Spanish and Mexican food.  I guess it's the same concept as Toro in South End.

It is very spacious but was very dark when we were there.  It was difficult to read the menu.  The more senior people sitting next to our table also complained about it...

Octopus with yellow peppers, citrus, and Aleppo pepper.  I am an octopus lover, so liked this dish, but my husband did not like it very much - according to him, this was too ordinary and nothing special.

This was our favorite tonight, roasted cauliflower. The chipotle sauce was creamy and fried Fava beans was crunchy and gave a very nice contrast to the texture.  Delicious!

Crispy fish tacos.  The tortilla was thick and could hold all the ingredients without being broken.

Chorizo risotto.  This was a bit too salty and heavy for my taste.

Fried Manchego cheese.  The sauce (pomegranate honey sauce) was sweet and tasted like a dessert.

Shrimp toast.  This was like the Mexican version of Vietnamese shrimp toast.

Creamed corn with bacon and chiles.  It is the simple dish, but was spicy and good.

Beef a la plancha.  The good quality of beef was used - the meat was tender and the green chile sauce  gave a nice kick to it.

And lastly, the dessert - chocolate gelato with the caramelized banana, peanut butter and chocolate sauce.  The gelato was not too sweet and tasted very rich chocolate.  We both liked this dessert.  Each dish is not too expensive, but since the portions are small (tapas size) and we had to order many dishes, the final bill was not cheap...  I wish the price were a bit lower and we could come here more often... 

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