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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sabor, Timonium

Chorizo Empanadas


Sabor is located in a quiet strip mall in Northern Baltimore County.  Their menu is seasonal (this review is for their Spring menu, currently being offered) and inventive with Spanish influences.  Dan and I went for a pleasant Sunday evening dinner, but the meal itself left something to be desired. 

We started with the Empanadas de Chorizo ($9) turnovers filled with ground beef, chorizo, raisins, chopped egg, golden fried served with tapenade.  We both thought these were spectacular.  I loved the flakiness of the dough, the sweetness of the meat and the saltiness of the tapenade. Outstanding.

Plantain and Chorizo Crusted Grouper
For my entree, I ordered the Plantain and Chorizo Crusted Grouper ($27) - sautéed sesame flavored spinach, coconut lemongrass broth. This was a pretty and sizable dish, but I didn't think the fish was crusted with plantains and chorizo, more like topped.  Although the meal didn't blow me away like the empanadas, I did enjoy the combination of flavors.

House Made Parmesan Gnocchi

Dan chose the House Made Parmesan Gnocchi ($22) with shrimp (add $7) which was finished with brown butter sage sauce. Do you see the picture above?  That is what Dan's dish looked like when it came out of the kitchen - completely void of color, swimming in the most butter I've ever seen, and topped with 4 tiny little shrimp that cost $7.  

The gnocchi themselves were doughy and soft, but there was just SO MUCH BUTTER that it overwhelmed anything positive about the rest of the dish.  I took a couple of bites and I couldn't eat anymore I was so put off by the unhealthiness of it all.  Dan was also not pleased, and neither was his stomach.  

Although our meal ended poorly, there are some positives that deserve noting!  Our server was great,  the complimentary basket of cornbread was DELIGHTFUL and our empanadas were YUM.  I would like to think that perhaps we ordered wrong and that maybe we should have gone for more meat dishes like the Grilled Churrasco Steak ($27) or the Curry and Turnip Lamb Stew ($25), but I'm not sure we'll be returning any time soon to find out. 

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strawberriesinparis said...

I love sabor. But Ned and I had the same experience at B&O on friday night, started out great and ended not so great

Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore said...

UGH - don't you HATE when that happens!?!?! Especially when you have such high expectations for a place too!

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