"Sufi supper club" sounds wacky, but the New American cuisine is deliciously
Though named for a 13th-century Sufi mystic, there's nothing mystical
about Rumi, except perhaps that occult powers would be useful in finding
it--it lacks both a sign and a recognizable facade. Inside, however,
it lacks for nothing: It's a large, sexy, modern space with lots of comfy
booths in the downstairs restaurant and the upstairs nightclub.
The "Sufi supper club" concept may sound hopelessly trendy,
but the food is strictly about quality ingredients and great flavor.
A stellar escabeche of calamari, shrimp and mahi mahi boasts plump, succulent
seafood in a mild citric "cooking" liquid; inventive jerk pork
rillettes blend the savoriness of France with the spice of Jamaica. Spaghettini
with fennel, chorizo and clams is delicious and achingly rich; duck breast
with honey-baked beans and gingered crepes is merely delicious. Molten-centered
cafe con leche coffee cake is luscious to the point of wickedness