When An’s (2800 Renaissance Park Place, Cary) promotional team invited me to a blogger night to sample some cocktails and appetizers, I was thrilled. An’s beautifully presented dishes, photographs of which are always on rotation at the RDU baggage claim screens, have tempted me for years, but I had not managed to visit the restaurant before. So the opportunity to try their fare for free (I see you, obligatory disclaimer!) was a chance I couldn’t pass up.
Members of the Triangle food media (including representatives from Taste Carolina, Cary Magazine, and Visit Raleigh in the above photo) gathered in An’s attractive bar, and a driftwood-inspired presentation set the mood for a relaxing reception and light selection of appetizers.
My favorite was perhaps the most conventional choice, but it was done in a manner that made it feel new to me.
Those giant osso bucco wings are rolled in crushed cashews and served with a tamarind dressing and a delightful mango slaw. The combination of tangy tamarind with the sauce’s sweet heat and the nuts’ crunch bathed my mouth in contentedness. I am only slightly ashamed of using such flowery language for that food description—it was that good.by