Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Vera Introduces The 'Otro Bar' & More
Vera's new lobster paella dish. (Photos: Vera)
Vera owner and wine director Liz Mendez recently returned from Spain, where much of her excursion focused on the Castilla y Leon region.
She tells 312DD that during the trip she saw various aspects of cuisine, wine, cocktails and service that inspired her to make some menu changes at the West Loop hot spot she owns with her husband, Executive Chef Mark Mendez.
The most significant change, she says, is the new Otro Bar, which used to be called the Cheese Bar.
"Otro Bar at Vera will still feature artisanal cheeses from around the world and Jamon Iberico sliced to order, now available by the half and full order," she says. "Guests will also enjoy the bounty of the season from fresh salads, marinated vegetables, fresh fruit in sweet and savory forms, as well as classic snacks such as marinated olives and boquerones (anchovies)."
Vera now also offers pinchos, skewered snacks that are typical fare in bars throughout Spain.
It's situated right in front of the chefs' station, and features daily and weekly wine specials, including very rare European selections. They've also added their first-ever signature cocktails, which they're naming "Refreshers." Current sippers include their version of Gin & Tonic as well as White Port & Lemon (lime soda with a twist).
Vera now offers pinchos, the skewered snacks that are typical fare in bars throughout Spain. Priced between $5-$9, current pinchos including cheese, octopus, chicken thigh and beef tongue.
Current "Refreshers" include their version of Gin & Tonic as well as White Port & Lemon.
Also new to the menu are the Placas Del Dia, or "plates of the day," which are shareable portions. Here's what you'll find on the current menu, including the lobster paella of clams, squid, chorizo and sweet lobster:
Cochinillo (roast baby pig)
Filet, bone marrow
Lamb cocido (traditional chickpea-based stew)