Posted: May 4, 2009 9:32 AM
, the Mediterranean spot from the Duo
crew (Stephanie Bonin, Keith Arnold, chef John Broening, and pastry chef ), opens tonight. But over the weekend the restaurant ran practice dinners, one of which I attended.
The space--once home to tiny Aix--feels bigger with a reconfigured bar, thunderous gray walls, and clean-lined tables and chairs. Favorite detail: The curvy water carafes on each table (though we imagine these breakable delights are short lived). The vibe is New York bistro with tight tables and a high decibel--and it's a lovely foil for Broening's Mediterranean cuisine.
The seasonal menu pulls from Spain, Italy, and Southern France but like all brand-new restaurants there are tweaks to be made. That said, must-tries include the
rustic patatas bravas
, light bay scallop crudo with slightly sweet black-pepper crisps, and the heavenly mascarpone semifreddo (which comes with the lemon crousillant dessert). Best of all, the prices are reasonable with starters averaging $8, sides going for $4, and most entrÃ©es hovering around $18.
719 E. 17th Ave., 303-861-5050