Starting off with coffee and chamomile tea:
Don't pass up the root vegetable latkes with Indonesian date butter any time of day: the crispiness of the latkes pairs perfectly with the sweet spread.
I make it a habit to order the peanut soba noodles with spicy peanut sauce without crystallized ginger. On this visit, the waiter looked at me quizzically when I did so, and told me that the dish didn't include ginger. When I returned the quizzical facial expression, he suggested that I must have been mistaking crushed peanuts for crystallized ginger. I wasn't! Nevertheless, I was served noodles with neither; he really thought I didn't know the difference! No matter, it was still fantastic: rich and delicious with the most crunchy and fresh purple cabbage in all the land.
But, for the record, behold this photograph of a previous order: crystallized ginger AND crushed peanuts. Sometimes it pays to document your meals. See, I'm not crazy! (Note: the lighting was much better on this day.)
So there you have it, my three, favorite tapas...but wait! The price of the delicious sunflower lentil pate has decreased (yes, really!), thus removing it from the tapas options and putting it in the starters and sides section. So (as promised, Dino), this gave me the excuse to order it as a fourth dish for the table; score!
As a result of all this goodness we were quite cramped at our "two-top", spending the meal talking to each other through this efficient, attractive, but socially awkward tableware contraption.
After all was said and eaten, we decided to have dessert. See, there are no rules at Sacred Chow! Ok, except for the one that you can't sit at a four seater with only two people no matter how much food you order. But, you can order tapas at brunch, get a knife if you ask for one, and have dessert after a big meal without judgement. I had spied a chocolate cheesecake (!), but we ultimately decided upon our favorite brunch standard, the banana bread French toast: "A thick slice of our banana pound cake grilled up warm and crisp, with blueberry sauce." For those of you who are thinking, "What?!", know that when you eat it you'll be saying, "WOW." I've never had anything like it anywhere else and this one was probably the best yet.
Another superb meal of a few of our favorite things at Sacred Chow!