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BDoF: Del Posto and El Quinto Pino

Our BDoF continued Saturday with drinks at Del Posto and the first stop on our tapeo or tapas run: El Quinto Pino. We had the most amazing new taste there an uni sandwich on a ficelle spread with butter and Korean mustard.

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More on that in a moment.

First, we were pleased to finally meet in person our correspondent from Beijing, J, who was in town with her boyfriend Max for Thanksgiving.

Hi Janine and Max!

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Since youve already seen the interior of Del Posto, and it was still just as dark inside, I concentrated on our little table in the lounge.

Cocktails.

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J and I each had bellini. Greg had a sidecar and Boo had a bourbon drink. Max had something called the mistletoe. How festive!

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Greg and Boo:

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More lounge photos.

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So after that, we headed to Tia Pol, which Small Bites fans might remember from July. (Link to video, too.) Unfortunately, the wait was an hour and a half, so we decided to bag it and head for El Quinto Pino.

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Amazingly, there were five seats at the tiny bar.

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This place is so small

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were so happy to have snagged our seats. So we order wine and Greg orders a beer.

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We start with two kinds of anchovies.

Basque (tomato-y and a little sweet along with salty):

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And white (briny and vinegary):

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We picked up the anchovies and placed them gingerly on top of a slice of baguette. Biting into fish and bread together gave a whole new texture and flavor to the dish.

One of the specials pototo hash with chorizo and quail egg. Cmon now!

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Cracklins. Oh yeah:

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Braised pork belly cured for days and then deep fried. Who are you kidding?

Head cheese:

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The uni sandwich.

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It was briny, spicy, creamy and crunchy all at once. It was truly a new taste. Im craving one now.

Sorry for the bad light, but I had to capture Boos expression as she tried to make heads or tails of the experience:

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We ended the flight with a braised meat sandwich.

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And headed to our next destination, right around the corner.

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10:36:00 on 11/29/08 by liz - Category: Restaurants

Comments

J in Beijing wrote:

We are now back in Beijing - but the taste of our tapas hop still lingers...especially the ume sandwich!

12/02/08 18:16:50

lbabs wrote:

this is shaping up to be a cool BDoF!

12/03/08 11:56:52

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