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July 30, 2002 // UPDATED 1:28 pm - April 30, 2007
By: George Jetson's martinis
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The club: Dish, 1310 Hennepin Ave. S., 339-1133.

The concept: Their tagline is dinner and drinks. I'd have to emphasize fusion and martinis.

Scenery: Modern, almost like something out of the Jetsons. The entire bar area is shades of blue with gray accents. Everything is mellow and calm, but not boring. The tables are metal and the chairs are black molded plastic.

The crowd: Young and trendy. It was a quiet night and most of the people sat at the bar.

Entertainment: Just R&B music playing in the background.

Consumables: Dish has a full bar, but they specialize in martinis. I started out with a cosmopolitan ($5.75) and my friend had a Midori drink called the Summertini ($5.75). My cosmo looked like a glass of pink 7-Up, but it tasted like a martini. I tried a sip of my friend's and I'd have to say both drinks were strong. Dish's menu is full of unique combinations with flavors from around the globe. We started out with the pizza ($9.95). It had a thin crust and was topped with lamb sausage, roasted flame grapes and cheese. Not too bad. Then we shared a Bento Box, which includes samples of various entres. There are two options, and we went for Bento Box Number One ($19.95) consisting of canaps, mu shu duck, sopes vindaloo and a lamb pinwheel. It was a great way to try some of the exotic combinations on the menu. The canaps were my favorite even though they weren't the little sandwiches I'm used to. Dish's canaps consist of risotto, grilled Portobello mushrooms and dried tomatoes. After the cosmo, I tried a glass of the Salmon Creek chardonnay ($4.95). It was probably the worst glass of wine I've ever had, it tasted musty. My friend went for a piece of mint and chocolate pie called the Grasshopper ($6.00) for dessert. I was full, but I had to try a bite (and to try to get a better flavor in my mouth after the wine). It was terrific.

Servers and attitude: There was only one bartender, but she was enough. She poured us glasses of water after she brought the food without either of us requesting them. I thought that was a nice touch.

Logistics: There's metered street parking or $2 for valet. Happy Hour is every day of the week from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The verdict: I liked the modern dcor and mellow atmosphere of the lounge. The food was good, but I would go back just to drink Summertinis.