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Mar 1, 2011 06:28 AM

Chowdown at Sezmu in Reno

Five members of the Greater Reno Grape and Gripe Group got together Oscar night for dinner at Sezmu in Reno. The food at Sezmu was great. I DVRed the Oscars and I’d say we got the better end of the deal with the good company and good food.
Joining me at Sezmu were Bill and Linda, Allie and NVJims. It was fairly quiet as we arrived at 6 p.m. I thought we were going to get the big table but they seated us at a six-person table near the door, which was fine.
I decided to go with the four-course tasting menu for $55. It started with a Hamachi appetizer followed by a salad and then boar as an entrée. They called the boar a duo. Part of it was boar carnitas and there was also a chop. The Hamachi was nice and fresh. I can’t remember much about the salad other than it was good.
Then the boar arrived. The carnitas was delicious but surprisingly small. Like maybe a tablespoon. It was accompanied by something that was kind of a chimichanga/egg roll type of contraption. Tasty but small. The boar chop was a little tough but tasty. I liked my entrée choice.
Allie got pork osso buco for her entrée; Bill got a chicken cassoulet; I think Linda got a short rib dish; NVJims got duck. Everyone seemed to like their entrees.
For my final course, I got to pick any item off the dessert menu. I went with the brownie Sundae. It was two towers of a brownie, chocolate ice cream and melted marshmellow with whipped cream holding the towers together.
All in all the meal was a success.
Light was dim so the photos are grainy.

Sezmu Restaurant
670 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509

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  1. This what I wrote on Yelp on that night's dinner (see below). By the way, is that a no-no to post the same review on both websites? Thanks, Steve, for putting this together and look forward to the next one.

    This is the kind of place that foodie dinner groups love to go to, critique the meal and its construction, and then proceed to eat dinner with gusto. Which is exactly what our foodie dinner group did. Expect to spend at least $50 plus tip per person.

    I was a few minutes late, so when I arrived, others had already ordered the papadum and hummus and batter fried green beans as starters. I tried both and they were absolutely superb. Excellent value at $3 each.

    For my appetizer, I ordered the $7 spicy Borneo chicken soba noodle soup. GOOD: It was out of this world, with a complex jolt of tangy lime and cilantro flavors. I have tasted similar varieties of this kind of soup throughout my many travels in Asia. BAD: Too bad it's not a pretty soup. It arrived looking like brown glop.

    For my main dish, I tried the $20 Niman pork osso buco, with Meyer lemon risotto, rapini, and topped with a pear-chestnut relish. Translated into non-foodie English, that's oxtail, lemony rice, brocolini, and cold relish. GOOD: A beautiful dish, falling off the bone tender goodness. BAD: I really didn't like the unexpected iciness of the relish topping a mouthful of the warm, delicate oxtail meat. A very minor complaint.

    Definitely a splurge-worthy visit. Excellent service, with careful attention to drink orders and delivery.

    Sezmu Restaurant
    670 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509

    1. A report on another web site is that Sezmu is closing April 16.

      Sezmu Restaurant
      670 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509

      3 Replies
        1. re: c oliver

          Chowhound is not real friendly about promoting other web sites. I'll email it to you.

          1. re: SteveTimko

            I find links to many, many other sites, yelp included, on CH. But thanks, Steve. I don't want that to be the case (the closing) as we haven't been there and it's walking distance from the Reno house.

      1. Has Sezmu shuttered its doors again?

        Sezmu Restaurant
        670 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509

        1 Reply
        1. re: enbell

          Yes. This time he's looking for a new location, I guess.