Swift’s Attic

While the buzz may have subsided, Swift’s Attic is still packing tables nightly. This restaurant sits on top of the Elephant Room in what used to be Swift’s Premium Food Company. Swift’s Attic serves up whimsical small plates in an atmosphere that meshes the old and the new. The restaurant space is narrow, dark and vibrant. Almost has a speakeasy feel.

We grabbed cocktails at the bar while we waited for our table. I got the Prince Edwards Ass, which was highly recommended by the bartender. It’s refreshing with a kick of ginger beer.

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Upon arriving at the table, we ordered a bottle of Pinot noir to get the dinner going.

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We started off with the Blistered Shishitos, which are the same peppers as the ones from Paggi House . They are full of flavor and not too spicy, so everyone can enjoy.

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Next up was the cheese plate. The cheese selections vary but when they are from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, you know they are going to be good.

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This savory bread pudding is off the specials menu, but if it was up to me, it would be on the regular menu. This was one of our favorites of the night.

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The Raw Maine Diver Scallop Triadito was like nothing I’d ever had before. The scallops are raw and the dish tasted clean. Be sure to get some of the cucumber sorbet to cool your palette from the sauce which packs a punch. This small plate is a delight for the adventurous eater.

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The Peeler Farm’s Fried Chicken Meatball “Tsukune” gives a whole new meaning to meatball. These fried meatballs are given an Asian twist with pickled ginger and nori dipping sauce. Dig in, these will disappear fast!

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The Warm Niman Ranch Pork Cheeks were both filling and delicious. The tender meat is served up with mustard, fig and sourdough toast. I did not want to share this one.

We also got the Black Mussels, not pictured. They are soaked in a savory carrot broth that gives a new taste to mussels. If you’re a shellfish person, this one is for you.

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The owner and manager, CK Chin was checking on us throughout the evening. He said we must try the Lockhart Quail and sent it out to us. He was right. This was hands down the favorite dish of the evening. This may be the first time I’ve ever had quail that I can describe as moist and tender. It’s full of flavor, and I highly recommend this small plate.

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This is the Popcorn & A Movie. It has all the flavors of a movie. There are little bites of Snickers like, house made candies, that are dotted with caramel popcorn. There are little circles of root beer flavored syrup, and it all comes together for one exciting dessert.

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CK really made our night memorable when brought us this S’mores dessert. It’s light and fluffy with chocolate and graham cracker crumbs, just like a s’more!

For your next dining adventure, check out Swift’s Attic. Be sure to make your reservation ahead of time, as the prime times are sure to fill up. Again, a big thanks to CK Chin and all the staff at Swift’s Attic for making our dinner delightful.

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  1. rl reeves jr August 23, 2012

    God I fucking love this place. I’d eat here every night if I could. I could live off that antelope dish they serve. My review
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