I can’t believe I’d never been there until last night. But after an early aperitivo at the Punchdown, we were looking for dinner and decided to see if there might be a table. 2 bar seats later, we were set.
We also shared a cocktail and a bottle of wine - oh yes, chicharrones with the cocktail.
All in all, a really good dinner. I don’t know what took so long to finally go other than that we’re rarely down that way at dinner time. Items 1, 2 and 4 were outstanding. Everything else was very good, including the Barbera that washed much of it down.
Buttermilk-fried rabbit with celery root remoulade, Treviso, and chile oil ($14): usually rabbit comes in very small portions, so we got two orders, but if we’d known what a huge portion it was going to be we would have shared one. Very delicate, didn’t have the slight bitter finish it often has. Both salads were great and I was happy to have that all for myself.
Went for burgers the other night and I had a creative and original appetizer. I think it was described as smoked pork, but it was really more like a grand aioli, with beets, cauliflower, potatoes, medium-boiled egg, etc. with thin slices of pork in place of the usual salt cod. Very good.
Another pre-burger creative, original, and generously portioned appetizer: fried green tomatoes, roasted corn, green beans, cucumber, cherry tomato, red onion, watercress, and fried caper remoulade ($12).