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Mar 5, 2014 04:25 PM

Tar and Roses

Are there any "must try" items on Tar and Roses latest menu?

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  1. I don't really want to go out on the "must try" limb, but we really thought very highly of these 4 items from our visit on VD weekend (and this is relative to the numerous other dishes we had): oxtail dumplings, crispy pig tails, braised lamb belly and ricotta gnocchi.

    1. The oxtail dumplings, the english peas with sea salt, the strawberry ricotta crostata.

      I also feel like the half chicken might be a must-order. We made the mistake of getting the duck when we were there. The chicken at the next table over looked much better.

      I would also say that the duck necks are worth trying if you don't mind getting messy.

      1. If you have a party of 4 or more you can order the special goat dinner...but you must order 7 days in advance.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          I want to go to that SO badly, but cannot find another 3 people who are as into it as I am =(

        2. Went last night and it was wonderful. We sat on the back patio which was quiet. Service was fantastic and food was delicious. My favorite was the roast chicken and the simple salad with excellent tomatoes and home baked croutons. The chicken was as moist and flavorful as any chicken I remember having. Looking forward to returning

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          1. re: flowergirl

            Jealous. I need to get back and get that chicken. I never should have let my companion talk me into the duck =(

            1. re: flowergirl

              Yes, that chicken is excellent. I remember that dish that my sons ordered, more so than what my husband & I ordered.....

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                What did you and your husband order? Did the kids refuse to share? haha

                1. re: BacoMan

                  As I said, I have no recollection of what we ordered..... I just recall my youngest ordered the whole fried sardines, I think they were, and they were the whole fish and he was a touch horrified at the thought of eating them whole. The server was extremely gracious, took back the plate at no charge, and they fired up a chicken plate for him, which he inhaled.

            2. Going tonight for first time...any other tips?

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              1. re: jessejames

                Go back in time and pre-order the Goat dinner =P (I just did this on Wednesday, and it was absolutely incredible).

                1. re: BacoMan

                  I'm a guest of a friend so not my style and time travel not a specialty but will keep that in mind

                  1. re: BacoMan

                    Tell me more about the goat dinner…..How was it served? Was it enough for four? What else did it come with? Will you order it again?

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Minimum 4 person order, but the amount of goat served was easily enough to feed 6+ on its own. Truly ridiculous. We all ate ravenously until we were stuffed beyond good measure and there was still a ton of goat left. From what I could identify, it seemed like there was 2 legs of goat + a whole rack of goat ribs + a huge spine/neck section that I've never eaten before. They have a very lengthy process in preparing it including a hanging process for 24 hours, and brining. It's finished in their wood oven for about 2 hours on the day of the dinner, and the meat literally melts off the bone, while the crispy skin is possibly the most enjoyable skin you will ever consume.

                      The dinner includes a large little gems salad with pancetta, dates, and goat cheese as a starter. And when they bring out the enormous platter of goat they also bring out a plate of their incredible wood-roasted carrots with harissa cream fraiche, as well as a few bowls of cous cous with cilantro, cucumber and pine nuts.

                      There were also a bowl of pickled apricots, and two sauces, a spicy orange harissa, and a kind of banana remoulade.

                      They also served their outstanding strawberry ricotta crostata and tar bar for dessert.

                      It's a real shame they don't have some version of that goat (maybe just goat leg?) on their regular menu. Certainly one of the best things I've eaten; it was simple, succulent, savory, a little sweet, and a little spicy. The dinner hit all of the flavor notes all over the spectrum and was a spectacular dining experience.

                        1. re: BacoMan

                          That sounds incredible. Wasted on the young.

                          1. re: Wayno

                            Is this supposed to be some kind of personal insult to me?...

                          2. re: BacoMan

                            Thanks so much. That's sounds incredible. I just have to find the 3 others I can rope in to come with me soon.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              It's weird how hard it is. I have been trying to get 4 people together for the past 2 years! And I finally did it! It was as great as I imagined! The wine was also fantastic, but it would have been just as great even without the wine.