Monday, November 21, 2011


My car is repaired, new muffler system, my nose is repaired, stitches all out, and my credit card is repaired, new bank, so it's time to "Eat Out".
"Cumin" Eclectic Cuise"( notice the change in name since the opening and the new ownership) 3520 Erie Ave. 45208 (513) 871-8714. Still an attractive space with very good food and very good service, especially when "Mung", our special friend, is in charge of the table.
A fine, expensive Cotes du Rhone, for the table, split 3 ways took the place of Bombay and other libations for the evening. Marilyn and I split entrees of "Short Ribs Wellington" and Agnolottti. The beef was tender, flavorful and the pastry shell was just right. The Agnolotti( large ravioli shaped pasta pockets) were also outstanding. The were stuffed with chopped mushrooms, spinach and cheese. Sauces for both made perfect compliments. A small portion of chopped salad had started our meal and some Naan made a perfect "mop" for the excess sauce. The table also split a light carrot cake and there was no wonder some of the pasta accompanied us on the drive home.

"Sung Korean Bistro" 700 Elm St 45202 (513) 721-7864 a place we don't often visit, and I'm not sure why. It was "Happy Hour" but to the surprise of the 4 of us, to take advantage of this you must purchase from only one of their bars, not table service, and there is a special drink menu. I did some negociation and got my Bombay included. Marilyn had her usual Cranberry juice and club soda and so the evening was underway. I'm still trying to watch my salt intake and since many items include Soy Sauce( 1100 mg of Sodium) I opted for a Sushi roll which was good, but not memorable. Marilyn had a dish with chicken, chinese vegetables plus cauliflower and mushrooms all mixed with thin noodles. It was very tasty. The meal started with a pancake with scallions, sweet peppers and bean sprouts which was an excellent appetizer. Not sure how we will rate "Sung"in our firmament of places but it's certainly handy to downtown and Music Hall and hardly ever crowded.

"Spell check" is not working so be forwarned.

Last week we ventured to Blue Ash and the newly relocated "Cafe Mediterranean" 9525 Kenwood Road (513)745-9386. The move from '5 mile' has been made by one partner and about the same menu, although the dining area is more compact. The 3 of us put ourselves in the hands of our server who brought a delectable cold mix of appetizers and a basket of warm pita. "Cafe Mediterranean" has no liquor license and so I trudged two stores north to CVS and returned with their one Malbec( acceptable). Next time I'll bring my own wine, which they pour with no corkage.
Our dinner consisted of two platters, one of their roast meats and the other of a whole Doro (fish) that had been grilled and then filleted at our table. The platters had some salad in a vinegrette and rice pilaf. Pleanty of delicious food. The move had in no way diminished the quality of this fine middle east restaurant.

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