My husband and I had dinner at 18th and 21st on Saturday and were very, very impressed. The atmosphere is so fun, just like an old time speakeasy. When you arrive (at the entrance of Cured), they take you through a door that is labeled as an Exit. You then are guided through a darkened hallway to another very nondescript door. Once that door is opened, Voila! You are in a beautiful supper club! It really starts the vibe out as very 'speakeasy'. We had early reservations so we didn't get a chance to hear the music, but definitely plan to come back and check it out. The food and service here was top notch. Jana was our server and she couldn't have been better. She was super knowledgeable about the menu, drinks, and the backstory of the restaurant. They have an extensive cocktail list that looks quite impressive. I wasn't drinking but my husband got the old fashioned and said it was fantastic. We each ordered an appetizer and they were really wonderful. I got the shrimp and crab ceviche and my husband ordered the beef carpaccio. Both were among the best versions we have ever had. The portions were generous and everything tasted so fresh! Our entrees were equally delicious. I had the pork chop porterhouse with baked mac n cheese and spinach. My husband got the lamb chops with risotto and brussels sprouts. The food here is really spectacular. Everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The mac n cheese was so creamy and had a nice crust from being baked. The spinach was just wilted and not cooked to death and mushy as many places serve it. I tasted my husband's risotto and it was utterly decadent. It was so creamy and rich. I didn't try his lamb because I'm not a fan. He said it was great, though.The desserts are also wonderful and absolutely HUGE. We took one entire dessert home with us because we just couldn't finish everything. We are definitely coming back! It's great that we finally have a really nice fine dining establishment in Columbia.
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