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May 23, 2010 03:02 PM

latest from elephant (kingston)

been there twice in the past couple weeks on fridays. one time was really hopping, the other time was a decent (not overwhelming) crowd.


specials lately have included (i'm pretty close on these)

pea dumplings with chorizo broth
tacos del puerco.
beef cannelloni
cold chinese noodles with spicy chinese sausage (and something)
squid rellenos
an asparagus dish
a scallops dish very thinly sliced which was delicious.

and a couple others which escape me.

from their 'regular' menu page, they've been offering a whipped bacalao / shrimp dish, and a slightly different boquerones plate.

as always, an exemeplary spot for the region.

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  1. I realize I'm a bit late to the party but those pea dumplings were fantastic. I went in about 4 times just to have them before peas were out of season.

    1. stopped in recently, they had a new tacos de borraga (sp?), which was braised lamb of the best dishes i've ever had there.

      they also had a macaroni with some type of roe on it as well which was quite tasty.

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      1. re: bob gaj

        I had the lamb tacos last night and they were indeed fantastic. I also love the blood sausage dumplings.

      2. "as always, an exemplary spot for the region"

        Exceptional spot IMO. Cannot imagine a better tapas place in Hudson Valley.

        310 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401

        1. hadn't been up here in a while, friend and i went up last night and had some great stuff, and some adventurous things we'd not tried before:

          lamb meatballs with ricotta and sauce
          octopus with (something)
          tacos de lengua (tongue) and bacon
          bbq pig tails chinese style (after they ran out, it changed to duck wings)
          queso fundido - cheese, chorizo, peppers with tortillas
          beef testicles breaded/fried with cabbage?

          i said i'd have to try testicles because i once had heart there and it was great. i don't know whether they got it from fleisher's or pine plains, but the meats strongly (if not all the time) tend local.

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          1. re: bob gaj

            update on elephant's menu...back last night with my wife after being away far too long. the regular menu has a new addition - bbq brisket bikini, a grilled cheese with brisket / poblanos / onions. also, albondigas are on the main menu. i think the lamburguesas are off the main menu

            specials last night, some of which we had, included:

            highland? venison carpaccio with egg/capers/manchego
            duck cassoulet with duck confit, sausage, white bean ragout
            a rabbit dish
            shepherd's pie with lamb, potato puree, and (something)
            pork canneloni
            an octopus dish
            a blood sausage (morcilla) dish.

            and we also had some bone marrow. finished it off with our standard cookies/nutella/shot of chocolate milk.

            great stuff, as always.

            1. re: bob gaj

              forgot - they also had a foie gras and salmon gravlax dish as well...

              1. re: bob gaj

                Thanks for the report, bob gaj.

                Sounds delicious :)

                Still haven't taken our Kingston or Montreal food trips . . .