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Monday, December 03, 2007


This is how I felt after my third trip to the restaurant ãn.

I asked Tim last week, after noticing a discounted Monday special, if he would join me for lunch on Monday (today). I have had the pleasure of having lunch at this place two other times.

The first time, I had the crab cakes. I don't know what the menu item is called. I just know I had crab cakes. The menu item now lists "Taro Crab Cakes BLT". All I know is that when I had them, and to this day, I stand by my claim that they were the best crab cakes I have *ever* had...ever. And I've had a lot of crab cakes.

These were amazing. The only issue that I had was that I was still hungry after my wondrous meal. And it wasn't a cheap meal at $13 bucks. This is not a slam on ãn's lunch prices. This is a statement that I am not used to dining at these types of places for lunch (and you can assume the same for dinner).

The second time I went was just last month...again for lunch. This time, I ordered the Singapore noodles and the Mimosa rice. This was a much better amount of food. I was able to take some home. And again, out of this world. I savored the leftovers.

So I knew I had to have Tim try it and today he did. He had the Bento Box -- a good amount of varying foods. I had the Korean Scampi.

I was actually torn between the Korean Scampi and the Lemongrass Pork Tenderloin. But because of my previous two visits, I KNEW that ordering the seafood would be amazing. It was the first time I knew I "trusted" the chef and that I felt assured that my dish would be amazing.

Don't let me confuse you. I can order dishes at places that I know will come out good. These are usually dishes that I have had before and I KNOW what I will be getting.

This time, it was the element of surprise and excitement: knowing that the chef was trustworthy and just trying something else and being excited to find out what kind of flavors would be dancing in my mouth.

My dish consisted of six plump shrimp, drizzled with a chili sauce and a mound of jasmine rice in the middle of them. OUT OF THIS WORLD. The meal was divine. The veggies that accompanied my meal were amazing. The miso soup I had prior to my meal was amazing.

I tasted Tim's dish and his food was amazing. Tim was savoring every bit of his bento box (hmmmm?) and I was thrilled to see that he was just as much enthralled with the food at ãn as I was.

I probably won't dine here for dinner because, well, it's just out of my pay grade. But for an indulgence at lunch, it's worth the trip.

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