Bar Ferdinand tonight... scene and/or recs
We are trying Bar Ferdinand tonight with great enthusiasm.
Have never been, so I was trying to get a sense of what kind of scene it is. Casual, dressed up a bit, sneakers, etc.?
Also, any recs? I have been poring over the menu and have not really been able to narrow down much, but ordering "the entire menu please" seems a little gluttonous for two lighter eaters.
Little late in reporting back, but enjoyed the meal very much.
It was exactly as advertised, scene wise, a mix of casual and slightly more dressed up, but in more of a Northern Liberties sense than an Olde City sense. Very comfortable for a Friday night meal after a very long week. They even threw in a few obnoxious patrons, reminiscent of another Chow thread from last week.
I had a very elaborate plan for lots of exciting things, but after the aforementioned horribly long week, and based on a few dining restrictions, we ended up exclusively with very familiar, basic flavors. Sometimes, when I'm just about ready to collapse on a Friday, I would much rather have bread spread with crushed tomatoes than something new or exotic to my pallate. I wonder if anyone else on CH feels the same?
So we ended up with the following:
-pan con tomate (as simple, and, by my mind, pleasant, as food can be. perfect way to start a meal, even though it takes up valuable stomach space)
-filet skewers (would have been better off with a fattier cut, as it was a little bit dry, but it could have been charred to coal and that romesco still would have been delicious)
-chicken sandwich (I don't even like chicken, but this was delightful)
-jamon croquette (quite good, crispy outside, creamy inside. exactly what you would hope for out of a croquette, if a bit down-the-middle)
-patatas bravas (any type of fried potatoes are my default comfort food after a long week, so these were non-negotiable, and quite good)
I also had a sherry tasting. I had never drank sherry before, only cooked with it, and I thought it was fantastic. They give you three half glasses for $14 (for me, it was closer to three full glasses!), and I really enjoyed the first two tastes (the drier, crisper sherries). The third was the sweeter variety, which was a little bit sweet for my tastes, but still interesting. Highly recommend this.
It's been a little bit (too long) since I've been there, but I love Bar Ferdinand. It's pretty casual - generally not McDonalds style sloppy, but jeans and sneakers won't look out of place.
A couple favorites:
- Manchego Frito (that's the apple foam one)
- Date empanada
- Pan con tomate (simple, but I love it)
- Baked Goat Cheese
- Both the vegetable & chicken/chorizo sandwich
Bar Ferdinand is great. Very casual, not at all dressed up.
The best way to order is to order just a few things at a time and share.
They are used to people ordering that way.
Then you can order a few more things.
The only items we avoid are the sandwich/bun things because we don't need to waste time on
that amount of bread.
There is one apple foam one that we never miss. I don't have the menu in front of me,
so I don't remember the details.
The waitperson will tell you how many portions are on each item you order - two, three, four.
That's why it's good for sharing.
Everything we've ever tried has been excellent, including the salads and desserts.
Enjoy it and report back!