Bar Crudo

Seafood is where it’s at. Big chunks of raw tuna with glaze and green onions, or a bowl of steaming mussels in a cream sauce or tuna confit with fresh veggies – I will take it all. And I did, at Bar Crudo.

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Nate and I had a little date night here last week. Bar Crudo is a cool restaurant on Divis that specializes in raw fish, but not of the sushi variety.

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With that in mind, we dove right in with a crudo plate. We ordered a duet of ahi tuna and butterfish. I am a sucker for anything ahi, I would actually eat it everyday if I could. This ahi came with a simple asian inspired glaze and was so soft I could cut it with my fork. Butterfish, which I had never tried before, was so pleasantly surprising I want to eat it all the time. It was exactly as it sounds, buttery and melt in your mouth rich (sorry no pic).

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The uni (sea urchin) avocado toast was next and while it was fresh and interesting, it wasn’t my favorite. I think the taste of the sea was a little too powerful for my palate.

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Our next plate was the San Sebastian which was a perfect blend of tuna confit with a soft boiled egg and roasted red peppers. Confession – at first we forgot what we ordered and couldn’t remember what this dish was. Never the less it was delicious, flaky tuna with all of the accoutrements made every bite different yet flavorful.

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Our main dish, was mussels. It was one of those dishes that even now thinking about it makes my mouth water. The cream sauce went so perfectly with the mussels you wanted to drink it. I’m a huge fan of oysters but mussels, in my opinion, are their smaller, tastier cousins. Bar Crudo was excellent, it was a great choice for raw delicious fish without it being wrapped in a sushi roll. For a date night or a casual happy hour, this is the place to go.

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