Even in a town with such surprisingly diverse and outstanding eateries, 1Zero6 stands out for both its quality and uniqueness and is one of our favorite spots when visiting town. It is located in a small historic storefront on the edge of the downtown with an odd mix of Latin and East Indian decorations.
There is no regular set menu, but rather on Thursday night Chef Jake posts on his website the entrees for the weekend (typically 3 or 4 different dishes each night). The food is a mix of Mexican, Southeast Asian, East Indian, and Italian dishes and styles (often with inventive twists). Despite the range of dishes and styles, the quality has always been outstanding.
During our most recent visit this weekend, I had the Lasagne Bolognese. This was a thick generous helping of one of the best lasagnes I have ever had. It had a hearty filling of minced beef, carrots, and pancetta, layered between fresh pasta sheets and cheeses with a rich white cream sauce. When it arrived at the table, I was the envy of those sitting around me. The serving was generous - which was fortunate as my table mates kept stealing bites. Luckily, my girlfriend was equally pleased with her Bistecca & Pasta. Her steak was cooked perfectly and was nicely balanced by the side of pasta.
One repeating item that is usually available (and not to be missed) is the famous Oaxacan chocolate torte for dessert. It is served as a pie-like slice and consists of a rich dark bittersweet chocolate filling that is somewhere between a mousse and a cheesecake served on a light flaky pie crust. It is richly decadent without being too overly sweet. The drink menu is an eclectic mix of sake, wine, and local and South America beer.
Be aware that they are only open for dinner and only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Given the small size (6 tables and typically only one server), you will definitely want to make your reservations in advance.
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