After reading about Underground on Chowhound, today we decided to give it a shot for ourselves, to see what it was all about. Underground has a nice Bulgarian/Middle Eastern flair to it, and that is what they pride themselves on.
We actally tried to come here I would guess 2 years ago, and I remember walking down the lit stairs, and going inside to a dark, but gorgeous room. We stood there for probably 10 minutes, and were never helped, so we ended up leaving. Today, we walked down the steps, and were greeted right away.
The restaurant was bright, with all the light shining in the two long windows in the front. The first thing I noticed was the glass floor and steps, and we were seated at a table along the wall. A long bench seat wraps around and adorns the entire wall.
The tables are made of cracked glass, and there is a stacked stone bar with some nice fiber optic lighting elements worked in. A large piece of fabric drapes a portion of the ceiling, and adds an elegant touch. It is nice to look at, and adds a nice Middle Eastern element to the restaurant.
Our server David came over and took our drink order. He also told us about the specials, and brought us samples of the Spinach and Sirene with Feta Cheese Croquettes. Wow were these tasty, fried to a golden crisp, with incredbile spice and flavors. I would go back for these along, as they were so tasty. The also put samples outside, to draw in the customers. Not a bad thing in the least, and we could see many people grabbing them as they walked by.
After we ordered, David also brought over a taste of the Chicken Paprika Soup, their signature soup. This had a nice rich, red stock, with large chunks of chicke, vegetables, and rice mixed in. To me, this didn't have as much Middle Eastern flair as I would have expected, but it was still a nice soup. The paprika seemed really subdued, but I don't think that is a bad thing. To me, the soup had more of a Tuscan influence, but again, it was tasty.
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