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Friday, December 28, 2007

Get Twisted...

I recently went to
Twist with some friends. Can I tell you that I want to move in to that lounge? No, really... I want to get an air mattress and a blanket and just never leave. Jean Robert is a genius and I love it...

One of my friends started with a pear martini, her favorite drink there. I'm not a huge fan of pear, but I tried a sip and it was tasty. Or maybe it was just the ambiance that made it so. No matter... I had to focus on my drink: the chai espresso martini. When our server, Christina, made it, she asked me, "Do you want chocolate?" Um, yes! Then she proceeded to lace the glass with it. I'm all about multitasking... Beautiful and delicious.

Another friend had (I hope I get this right... things are a little fuzzy for obvious reasons!) the vanilla heat martini. The most dynamic drink of the night, it was fab, featuring whole beans and cinnamon. The mellow - yet intense - vanilla spreads across your palate. That is quickly chased by the subtle heat of the cinnamon, making for a flavor combination that is hard to resist. In fact, I had to fight the urge to steal my friend's drink. I know what I'm ordering the next time I take a walk around the corner to Twist...

I also have to sample a few things from their array of petite bites...

*As always, you can post your own reviews of Twist and lots of other hot (and not-so-hot) spots in the area...

Petite Bite Menu

Fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives

Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Truffle $6.5
Crab Salad, Tropical Fruit $8.5
Tuna Tartare, Grapefruit and Pomegranate $8.5
Smoked Salmon Two Way, Quail Egg $7
Shrimp, Bayonne Ham and Smoked Paprika $8.5
Foie Gras Mousse, Bourbon and Dried Fruit $8
Snail, Red Potatoes and Garlic Butter $6.5
Duck Leg Confit, Pear and Shiitake $7
Twist French Castle $8
Croque Monsieur $5.5

Caviar & Roe Service 2 oz., with Egg Mimosa, Lemon and Toast
Kentucky Paddlefish Caviar $90
Atlantic Salmon Roe $22
Medley of Flying Fish Roe $10

Duo of Sweet Bites
Frozen Soufflés $6.5
Ice Cream Lollipops $5
Twist Mousses $6
Pigall’s Pound Cake $6
Cuisine des Chocolats, 4 pieces $8

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at 10:23 AM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I second the comments on Twist. I love the place, and I have only been there one time to check it out before deeming it the spot to spend NYE.

I like that it feels fancy without being "stuffy" The decor makes it feel warm and inviting. While I was there, I tried the pomegrante martini which was delicious. Yall know I am health conscience so I deemed my martini healthy because of the antioxidents in pomegrante! :) I swear anything JR touches, turns to gold. I also like the fact it is less than a block from where I live. Long live Jean Robert and Twist! Cincinnati really scored big with this combination.

at 10:37 AM Blogger Nicci King said...

I totally agree, CinTwin. You guys know I'm trying to detox after indulging during the holidays. But falling off the herbal tea wagon, so to speak, was lovely... And so worth. I'll detox during the day, play at night... ;)

I think I'll also be there to ring in 2008...

at 10:46 AM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

what exactly is the "french castle" listed on the menu?

at 11:06 AM Blogger Nicci King said...

Great question, TJ! Perhaps I should go back tonight and find out. I'm such a martyr...

at 11:41 AM Blogger Nicci King said...

OK, TJ... I found out what the French Castle is... It's a mini burger, a take on a slider from White Castle. Witty... :)

So, now I really do want to go back tonight to try that!

at 12:00 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

I don't know - 8 bucks for a white castle hamburger? Yeah, I know, it's at JR's......

That said, is this the New Year's menu or is this the everyday menu?

at 12:46 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

FYI...I just called and they are sold out for NYE!!! Oh well, on the plan B. Now let me figure out what plan B is!

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