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Hi all - going for dinner in the Bar Room on Friday. I've wanted to go forever and the menu looks really good. I had two questions:

(1) How many dishes should we get? There are going to be two of us, my girlfriend eats less than the average person, I eat more. So.... two people. I know the courses are on the smaller side, but is 4 courses per person really manageable?

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(2) Besides the tarte, I don't know what else is a 'must have' at the restaurant. Everything looks fantastic and I imagine I won't be disappointed no matter what I get. Still - any shared experienced would be much appreciated!

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  1. I usually do two savories and one dessert per person. Sometimes we share dessert between the two of us.

    Even though it's "small plates" a lot of the items are a little tough to share. It's doable but a little awkward.

    Four per person is WAY too much food. 4-5 total, maybe.

    I think the tarte is good but not their best dish.

    What to order:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/885792

    1. Only been for lunch, but I always order 1 from each menu.

      Have never been wowed by the desserts, so I just skip it and just go to Minamoto Kitchoan if I need to scratch a sweet craving.

      1. Oh whoops - I should've used the forum search function to get answers for the 2nd Q.

        Good to hear from both of you, thanks. I'll probably avoid doing 4 courses per person (I included a dessert as one of the courses), maybe 5 savory dishes and one or two desserts.

        A bit disappointed to hear about the desserts the descriptions looked great. We'll probably still end up ordering 1-2 if only to satisfy our curiosity. Thanks again!

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        1. re: strikeoutswinging

          For me, anyway, the desserts always look better than they taste.

          Well, I guess we are at MOMA ..

          1. re: strikeoutswinging

            Don't miss the beignets.

            1. re: kathryn

              I naturally lean towards any kind of fried dough so this will almost certainly be a choice

              1. re: strikeoutswinging

                Three or four (leaning towards four) savory between the two of you would probably be good depending on what you get. My GF is a vegetarian so there isn't a lot we can share but I easily put away two savories without sharing and one thing I always get is the liverwurst and although I never can do it it seems like it would be a great dish to share. Also, egg in the jar is a must.

                1. re: Spiritchaser

                  Totally agree that the egg was the best dish I had there. Duck was second.

          2. Are you talking about the upside-down tuna tarte? That is one of my all-time favorite dishes there.

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            1. re: City Kid

              Oh I was talking about the tarte flambee in the OP.

              I'm glad to hear the egg in the jar and liverwurst are good since both of those caught my eye - I'm just a fan of liverwurst.

            2. I find the bar room much too noisy. The restaurant behind it is heaven however.

              If you mean the tarte flambée, it is very good indeed. (A Alsatian friend pointed out that it is neither a tarte nor is it flambéed.)

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              1. re: mahler5

                Interesting fact! I just hope it's better than my other experience with it (Trader Joes frozen pie).

                I love the dining room too. The menu in the bar room looks great though so I'm interested in seeing how they compare.

              2. I thought I should follow up and post my thoughts on my meal. I really like the Bar Room's atmosphere - it's sleek and nice while still feeling casual (in a good way). The cocktails were strong and great. As for the number of dishes, we opted for 6 savory dishes and 2 desserts between the two of us - this was probably a 'bit' too much, but we finished nearly everything and left happy and full.

                Next time we may opt for 5 dishes, though I noticed that the placement of a dish on a numbered page did not necessarily correlate with the size of the dish (i.e. tarte flambee was the biggest dish, but is listed as a One)

                Dishes included:
                Tarte Flambee - big in size, great flavor, still light and flaky so it didn't fill us up too much. More or less ruined Trader Joe's froze tarte for me unfortunately.

                Liverwurst - actually my favorite thing of the night, nothing extraordinary about it, but when spread on the toast and eaten with the accompanied pickled vegetable it was just delicious.

                Steak Tartare - I don't love steak tartare in general, but this was well-seasoned and my girlfriend loved it.

                Egg in a Jar - definitely the most 'interesting' dish of the night, each of the elements on their own were good, but it comes together especially well.

                Gnocchi with Lobster - this is a dish that will rotate onto the menu with the spring season. Nothing particularly 'original' about their take on it but it was cooked perfectly so I was happy.

                Poussin - this was also fairly simple in preparation, but like the lobster gnocchi it was done so well that I have no complaints.

                Desserts: Pistachio Dark Chocolate Dome + Beignets - what a great way to finish the meal. I actually loved these two desserts. I'm a sucker for all things donut so it wasn't surprising that I liked the beignets (and dipping sauces). What really surprised me was the chocolate dome + pistachio ice cream. I generally don't favor nutty desserts, but this was a cold, great way to finish the meal

                Overall I loved the rustic menu and atmosphere and intend on coming back to try the spring menu. Thanks again for all the input!