So this is a pretty good place.
Goes by the name Oro, a bi-level winner from some big names doing large-format meats, large-format drinks and normal-format everything else, opening Friday in Mint Plaza.
About those names: there’s a Commonwealth chef/owner in the kitchen, a Saison vet on wine duty and a Foreign Cinema vet behind the bar. And the place itself has this spacious, industrial vibe that’s still somehow charming. (Your slideshow and your menu.)
Come with a group date (a group not-date works, too) and note that horseshoe-shaped banquette in the back. It’s where someone will choose one of the 100-plus wines, another will order the Barbary & Hearst with strawberry-infused bourbon and all of you will rejoice.
And right, the blind tasting menu. It exists, and it could mean things like halibut chicharrón and grilled lamb and beef tartare. Then again, it could not. Blind menu. There’s a regular menu, too.
And when your server suddenly places that enormous octopus-like vessel filled with ice, gin, Aperol and grapefruit juice on the table, don’t panic. It’s just a fantastical, self-serve cocktail contraption.
Though, we’ll allow a delighted squeal.