At 8:30 pm on a Saturday night, Anchovies and Olives was PACKED. We settled for a seat at the bar. The bartender was great and knew about every item on the menu, a big deal to me since we often opt to eat at the bar if the dining room is full.
Plates: Chioggia Beets with arugula, pistachios and anchovy dressing
I always order beets when I see them on the menu, why? I don't like messing with them at home. The Chioggia Beets are a smart choice. It is so nice to have beets served with something other than chevre or blue cheese. Don't get me wrong, I like the combination a lot, but I'd like to see something new. Beets and anchovy dressing with arugula and pistachios...YUM!
Plates: Fried Baby Hake with salsa verde
I love the presentation. Don't be afraid to dig into this fish, the skin is slightly crispy and the fish inside is so sweet. The fish is served with salsa verde, it brings a nice tart taste to the fish party.
Crudo: Hamachi with grapefruit, currants and pink peppercorn
I've never had Hamachi, yellowtail tuna, outside of a sushi bar, so I was so excited to see the Hamachi Crudo show up. I didn't think I would like grapefruit and currants with fish, but WOW, this was perfect. I will come back for sure and order this again and again.