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The Wine Bar and Bistro on lark (Albany)

I might have to move to Lark Street . . .

Went to The Wine Bar. Charming place. Lots of brick and cozy corners. Sat on the patio near one of the fountains. Excellent service considering there were only about 3 servers and they had to cover patio, inside and outdoor seating on lark. There's also a bar inside that seats about 4. Now on to the food%3

We started with a bottle of reasonably priced rioja, Vina Real oro Reserva 2005.

We shared 2 small plates. The sardine special with warm bread. It had tomato and watermelon and a little bit of spice. My description doesn't do it justice. Delicious.

Since SO had the calamari "risotto" with pancetta and curly thyme on his last visit and I only eat poultry and fish, we passed on it this time. We had the foie gras with lavender ice and micro grapefruit, frisee and blueberries. Suprising. Excellent.

For our large plates SO had paella (web site does not have the current menu and there are specials). I tasted the octopus. It was too chewy for my taste. The fresh green peas and beans were very good.

I had the seared scallops with caper puree, etc. Cooked perfectly. Simple and delicious. I will be replicating the caper puree at home.

For dessert we had espresso and shared a brioche (called something else on the menu) with orange segments.

Thanks hounds. The Wine Bar and Bistro on lark makes it to my top 4. Can't wait to go back.

www.winebaronlark.com

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  1. Jason Baker is one of the area's top chefs.

    1. It's difficult to not enjoy anything Jason Baker prepares.

        1. This does the sardines w/watermelon-tomato-fennel salad and a little spice justice:

          http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

          1. Anyone have the tasting menu recently?