23 January 2012
a lunch at Wall Street Spa 88
We decided to take advantage of a Travelzoo offer we purchased during our lovely day away from the the office! Just a stones throw from our apartment, Wall Street Spa 88 is a sexyish Russian-Turkish bath with all the amenities you need for a relaxing day. The walls are lined with shelfs of Matryoshka dolls, a receptionist with a little white dog on her lap and modest restaurant. Our offer included full day access to the spa amenities and a three-course lunch with glass of wine.
The server brought us -generous- glasses of red wine and hearty house-baked bread with butter.
To begin, we selected the tomato salad and avocado with fresh lemon, dill, Bulgarian pepper and scallions. Both were quite refreshing, the avocado a little more appealing, as the tomatoes weren't in peak season.
For our soup course, I chose the Harcho (lamb) and Chris, the mushroom barley. The Harcho took the cake with massive hunks of delicious moist lamb! As we sipped our soup, a pot bellied man in nothing but a towel entered the dining room for a drink (other cultures!). It was quite amusing adjacent to the small business crowd.
For our mains, Chris requested the meatballs with rice served with house cut fries, myself the tilapia with buckwheat. Our portions were generous and the flavors balanced. I was impressed with the fish, which had a citrus glaze and roasted apple, zucchini and carrots on the side.
I'd love to return to dine again- as well soak in the bath!