Last night we went out to Sarma with my old roommate Chitra who was in town from San Francisco. She and I often bonded over our “Sunday night blues” (her: med school, me: lesson planning). It’s now wonderful to bond over Sunday night dinner. I’m digging the Sunday night dinner lately. Like many other teachers on Friday nights, I want to curl up on the couch in a fuzzy blanket and go to sleep early. Sometimes it’s hard to snag a dinner reservation at hip new places like Sarma (the newest venture from Ana Sortun of Oleana and Sofra). Most of all, I like the Sunday night dinner as a relaxing way to kick off the week, rather than saving those hours for a little extra lesson planning or grading. The Sunday ambiance at Sarma was perfect for a leisurely catchup meal with a great friend! I’d been curious to try it ever since hearing about it from several friends, including Denise.
The menu is arranged from lightest to heaviest, and it’s recommended that each person order an average of 3 meze to be shared, tapas-style. Servers also walk around with trays of special menu items, dim sum-style. We chose the butternut squash pancake with the date butter from one such server. It was good, but now I wish we’d held out for the fried chicken that got so many rave reviews on Yelp.
We ordered the following to share:
PORK BELLY BUNEULO rosemary, green olive, quince $9
HOT DATES goat cheese, pistachio, cranberry-harissa $6
SEVEN LAYER HUMMUS falafel crackers $11
FAVA BEAN PATÉ capers, red onion, soft-cooked egg $6
CRAB & RED LENTIL KIBBEH coconut, green papaya, zhoug $12
LAMB RIBS pomegranate, pita crumb $12
HALOUMI CHEESE vine leaves, roasted grapes, raisin emulsion $8
HARISSA BBQ DUCK carrot, orange blossom, almonds $16
I enjoyed all of them. They were all consistently good and worked well together (a la Oleana). My favorites were the harissa BBQ duck, fava bean pate, and pork belly buneulo. Looking forward to going back!
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