Rendezvous tapas no longer just at the bar
We went tonight expecting to sit at the bar to get tapas at the weekly Monday event, but we were told by the friendly gentleman at the front that now you can get tapas at the tables, and with reservations. We went early needing to get home for child care, and it was so delightful to sit by ourselves in a corner. We got only three tapas as it was just a snack; all three wonderful. The muhammara is really spicy in a good complex way, the feta a great contrast with creaminess and the olives a counterpoint. We always get the fried oysters, good as ever. And the Iggy's bread is always a treat.
Steve Johnson makes an excellent cassoulet available only seasonly on Sunday evenings and in a "petite" form, on tapas Mondays. The portion is carefully doled out so you get the garlic sausage, duck confit, and braised pork in each small bowl.
Each of these tapas were only $6 each. I can't see how Steve is making any money on Monday tapas, but we resolved to go back every Monday during cassoulet season. The tapas menu seems to change some; I do remember with great fondness the bluefish with cucumber and asian flavors from trips past.
As usual, the service was friendly, attentive, excellent, and Steve made a few appearances in the dining room. It was even easy to park around 5:45. Also, the lighting is so nice and soft and the place is quieter than you'd expect, given the acoustical set up. Of course, it was not exactly full when we left, but at other times we've had to wait for bar seats even earlier on.