Moriarty’s Bistro Wine Bar
10154 100 St.
Price range: Mid
Client negotiations: Yes
Lunch with co-workers: Yes
Social lunch: Yes
Moriarty’s sleek lines and elegant, black-and-white decor impressed me as I entered.
It was busy with downtown’s stylish crowd, but we were immediately seated.
I tried to quickly scan the wine list but failed. I was overwhelmed with choice!
I picked a glass of Nieto Benjamin Malbec ($11) and then took a stab at the equally diverse and intriguing — though not quite as long —menu.
Our choices of “small plates” arrived quickly, beginning with a beef short rib under bacon marmalade ($16) and the phyllo-wrapped camembert cheese on cranberry jam ($14).
These were soon joined by three butter-poached scallops and crisp risotto cake ($16) as well as our snow crab cakes with charred tomato relish ($13).
Every single bite of each dish was simply exquisite. The food was outstanding, the service terrific and the wine a delight.
Named for Sherlock Holmes’ arch-nemesis, Moriarty’s illicit appeal will lure me back again and again.