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Foodporn Mon Feb 12 2007

Dinner at Schwa

First: Eggplant In January, when Schwa moved to closing on the weekends and opening on Mondays instead, I managed to obtain a much longed-for reservation. Schwa, in some way, is a hidden gem of cult status sorts — those who know about it rant and rave and those who don't wonder why they never knew about the place in the first place. They're not lacking for diners though but somehow remain manageable for "those in the know". Given the dining experience at Schwa, I can't imagine any other way for them to operate — which is just about perfect.

In the interim, you can take a look at the photos I took of the 9-course tasting menu, a meal that lasted three hours.

 
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Benjy / February 13, 2007 12:17 AM

I mentioned to my girlfriend that I wanted to go to Schwa for my birthday, and somehow she managed to swing a Thursday night reservation only 2 weeks out! We went in mid-January and had the exact same menu... except I think the hers desert was chocolate instead of the strawberry shortcake. Truly one of the most amazing meals I've even had. I think the quail egg ravioli were my favorite.

rachael / February 13, 2007 11:45 AM

oh yeah, schwa is dope. I was lucky enough to get taken there for my birthday last year - back in the days where you could make a reservation a day in advance. I've been back one time since then and it was great - food's good, music's good, people's good. It's so nice to see those guys doing what they love to do, how they want to do it, and succeeding.

Naz Hamid / February 13, 2007 3:15 PM

Rachael -- I remember reading that. Didn't you have the vegetarian tasting menu? I'd like to go back for that specifically, now that I've had the regular tasting menu.

Benjy -- the Quail Egg Ravioli has been one of their signature dishes since the beginning. My favourite had to be the trio of beef though. Simply stellar.

Shylo / February 13, 2007 3:49 PM

I think they always give the chocolate dessert to the chicks. When we went in fall last year, I got the chocolate and my dude got a fruit crisp with bitter-ish olive oil ice cream.

But oh, the short ribs! And oh, the quail egg ravioli!

rachael / February 14, 2007 11:51 AM

yeah, I got the vegetarian tasting menu both times, and it was really just wonderful. They had a seitan sausage that was mmmmmmmmmm (no other word for it). The server told me that it was a family recipe. The whole tasting menu was good too - not just a nod to vegetarians, but a well thought out menu that happened to not have meat. Although the second time I went they did have seafood on the veg menu, which was fine for me, but maybe not for everyone.

Anywhoo, since I'm reminiscing, my favorite part of the meal was the truffled milk that came with the chocolate dessert. Did you guys have that? Holy moses - if that stuff came from my mom's boob, I'd have never de-latched, and that's the truth.

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