Parlare was interesting... it seems a bit pretentious on the suface, but it's
actually quite a comfortable place to grab a couple drinks. I didn't stick
around long enough for the band to start playing, but the bar and restaurant
are both decent, and the service was friendly. If you head upstairs, be sure
to notice the cow skin rug (surely a reference to sacramento's favorite
bovine) and the wall sculpture of downtown from an aerial perspective.
Ella blew me away, and they're not even in full swing yet. The restaurant
interior is unparalled. The service was fantastic and the drinks were
absolutely amazing. I'm not usually a fancy pants drink type of person, but
there are a few cocktails that i'll return for... and that's saying a lot for me.
I can't tell you toooo much about the food. We just walked in off the street
and had drinks and sampled items from the cold bar. But we did manage to
ring up two dozen oysters, shrimp and scallop ceviche with yucca chips and
a yellow fin tuna plate. All these dishes were relatively simple, but flawless
in execution. I promise you that there is not a single sushi restaurant in
sacramento that is serving a higher quality tuna than Ella.... and THAT is
saying something too!!
I wish i could delve into more details, but I'm heading to a movie at the
Crest and then it's dinner at Three Monkeys. What's funny about all this, is
that by tomorrow, I'll have filled an entire weekend hanging out in a 3-
block radius... what's even more ironic is that ALL these places are in
downtowns most "troubled" areas.... go figure!!