All hallow’s eve found Amy and I at Ocho for a pre-halloween party snack. The bartenders were wonderfully gory and the pumpkin that sat on the bar was paintstakingly carved to mirror the stained glass sign over the door. Although a bit busy, we quickly snaged a seat at the bar and perused the menu. Amy ordered a Dark and Stormy to drink (I had a taste and it was to die for) and we ordered some tapas from the HUGE selection that loomed over us on a giant chalkboard.
The first item that arrived was the zombie eyes, which were two olives stuffed with tuna and served in a pool of a sauce I couldn’t quite place but which was quite tasty. At $2 for two olives, they were a little spendy, but a great way to start off snacking. Next came the wild mushrooms sauteed with winter greens and pine nuts. If you like mushrooms, this dish alone makes visiting Ocho more than worth it. Amazingly salty and tender, they were by far our favorite. After a few minutes, our cured pork served with apples bleu cheese, and baguette arrived. No one item on this plate was amazing, but the combination of flavors together was soo yummy! They did an excellent job of pairing the fruit, cheese, and meat to be the perfect ratio of sweet and savory.
Lastly, at the overheard recomendation of a bartenter, we ordered the Patatas Bravas. Unfortunately, these turned out to be glorified tater tots. Tasty, but not quite what we were looking for, we finished up our tots and got our check. The fortune teller (Amy) and the woodland fairy (Jen) were now ready to brave the cold and head to the costume party ahead. Despite the dollar-a-pop olives and the glorified tots, Amy and I thouroughly enjoyed Ocho and I hope will be visiting again very soon!