Pics from NOCA's Bar Bites Night

I don't think "tapas" when I think of NOCA, but the new "Bar Bites" Thursdays are all about the small plates -- that is, if you get a reservation to sit at the counter, and if they're not doing a special tasting menu that night. It's a fun way to get a sense of what the kitchen is up to, without necessarily committing to a drawn-out, multi-course meal (though the regular menu is still available).  A couple items ($8-15) and a glass of vino would treat you just fine.

Here's the new menu for June 18: 

Uni (sea urchin) panna cotta with marinated tomato. Super velvety, and vaguely sweet.

Uni (sea urchin) panna cotta with marinated tomato. Super velvety, and vaguely sweet.

 

 

Tomato tart with pesto, charred tomato sauce and Lucques olives -- best olives ever.

Tomato tart with pesto, charred tomato sauce and Lucques olives -- best olives ever.

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Grilled blue prawns with ponzu gelee and avocado. Happiness is a crispy prawn head!

Grilled blue prawns with ponzu gelee and avocado. Happiness is a crispy prawn head!

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Crispy, succulent chicken with marinated cucumbers and chili oil. Gone in seconds.

Crispy, succulent chicken with marinated cucumbers and chili oil. Gone in seconds.

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Ree-diculous. Duck rillettes with toast, mustard, cornichons, pickled cherries, and cherry-lambic sauce.
Ree-diculous. Duck rillettes with toast, mustard, cornichons, pickled cherries, and cherry-lambic sauce.


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