Chef John Tesar's latest culinary project, Spoon Bar & Kitchen (8220 Westchester Drive) is now open in Preston Center (directly across from Hopdoddy Burger Bar). The dinner menu offers raw caviar, oyster and crudo options, salads, pasta (including house-made fusilli with red wine braised octopus served with bone marrow and lobster ravioli), a ton of fish options and a few items not from the sea, including a 40-ounce porterhouse, roasted poussin and vegetable risotto). For those looking to try it all, there's an eight-course chef's tasting menu. While the tiny seafood restaurant is not serving lunch yet (they plan to start sometime in December), their lunch menu, like their dinner menu, is ambitious and includes a large variety of salads; king crab Cobb salad, a lobster salad with orange-dusted lobster, braised artichokes and wild watercress and a kale Caesar with prawns. Other lunch options include black truffle gnocchi served with Dungeness crab and sweet vermouth sabayon, squid ink pasta, lobster pot pie -- and there's even a burger.
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