Friday, February 12, 2016

Dinner at Raval in Jersey City, NJ

We had a double date at Raval for Restaurant Week and it was probably one of the worst dinners I've ever had - both food and ambiance wise.  First of all, they don't take reservations.  Not the worst thing, but kind of strange since it doesn't seem that busy.  Second, you have to seat yourself.  Except when I would try to do that, I'd be told the spaces were too small for our party.  So maybe then you should have someone eating people!  The food was also just not good. I've never had bad Spanish food/tapas, but most of these were legit bad.  The tortilla just had a weird taste and the patatas bravas were prob the best thing we had, which isn't saying much because it's hard to mess up fried potatoes.  Definitely will never come back.
Crisp chickpeas and kale - tasty but not very Spanish 

Jamon croquetas - one tapa was only two pieces.  Couldn't really taste the ham

Tortilla Espanola - had no taste

Patatas Bravas - best part of the meal but nothing memorable

Pork Belly - duroc confit, winter squash, pickled chiles with sherry honey glaze and pumpkin seeds.  Also not too memorable

Morcilla, sobressada, and mahon bikini - grilled cheese with different meats.  Not bad but nothing spectacular

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