She said – So tapas is pretty much the best thing ever.
I am notorious for sampling food off other people’s plates and am always in trouble for it. Even with boy Ali’s eat-half-and-swap system, I still get in trouble for picking off his meal before the switch. But at tapas, EVERYBODY SHARES. You have to, that’s just how it works. Which is why I love the Vin Room (also, their wine list is like 30 pages long. Score).
We ended up at the Vin Room a couple Fridays ago because we had late late tickets for the Hunger Games (!!!) and hadn’t really made plans for dinner besides sharing a massive bag of popcorn at the theater. After wandering 4th street and getting no luck at Aida’s or Mercato, we found a lovely space by the window at Vin Room and settled in.
Both the tapas menu and the wine list are expansive, which made it near impossible to choose. After consultation with two different waiters, we settled on eggplant chips, squash dahl, lamb kabobs, and the supposedly famous lobster nachos. Vin Room was a couple weeks ago, so the best I can muster is a quick recap:
- eggplant chips – tasty! And the dip was good too. I was genuinely devastated that one accidentally fell on the floor. They’re not actual chips, but thin slices of eggplant coated in bread crumbs and fried (insert guilty face here).
- squash dahl – also tasty, but unmemorable. Boy Ali had to remind me that we ordered this
- lamb kabobs – not a huge lamb fan but it was sooo tender. I was little worried boyfriend would try to lick the plate when they were gone
- lobster nachos – gross gross. I don’t really care for lobster, although it was fine I suppose, but the nachos just came swimming in butter with bland cheese on the top. Neither of us could figure out how they’re so famous and we fought over who should be forced to eat the last one (verdict: no one).
Sadly, there are no pictures of the food as this visit to the Vin Room was pre-blog discussion.
Full disclosure – the Vin Room should probably be disqualified as our place. Not only is it a little on the pricier side, but I’ve been there previously on a date. And being right on the heart of 4th street it’s hardly obscure. But! I will definitely return (with and without the boy) because shared finger food and wine are two of the best things ever. And I’m excited/flattered to be a big part of introducing Zaidi to the world of wine.
And in case you were wondering, the movie popcorn was delicious.
He Said: I’ve wanted to try the Vin Room for a long time now, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Not only were the tapas unique and tasty, but the service and atmosphere was top notch. How devastated was I to find out that Lady Ali had already been here on a previous date, and therefore it was disqualified from being our restaurant. It was probably not niche enough either, but boy did it hit all the other categories. The Lamb Kabobs particularly were delicious, soooo tender and the sauce that they came with was orgasmic. I will definitely be going back for those again. Vin Room…it could’ve been a contenda!
Location: 4 out of 5 “I Feels” (not walkable, but it’s Mission, which is hella happening!)
Service: 4 out of 5 “Yay Hurrays” (all servers were super helpful, and had delectable recommendations)
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 “Purple Shirts”
Nicheness: 3 out of 5 “Green Tights” (right on 4th, so way to POP-ular [Wicked reference] for us)
Price: 3 out of 5 “Overstuffed Wallets” (the great thing about tapas is that they are cheap, the not so great thing is that you have to order a bunch to get full)
Taste: 4 out of 5 “Jeepers” (I now count lamb kabobs as I try to go to sleep, not sheep!)
Overall: 22 out of 30 Though the ranking is moot – as previously mentioned, Vin Room must be disqualified as girl Ali has already been here on a date. However, highly recommended for other couples, and will be a repeat spot for us!