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The 9th Door Restaurant Review: The restaurant is named after the bar in Spain where novelist James Michener hung out with his expat friends. (Later, he wrote about it in The Drifters.) Everything in this former warehouse space is the color of mangos and pomegranates. Venetian glass chandeliers, gauzy curtains and a floor painted to look like leather complete the ambience. A mirrored bar---perfect for people-watching---runs along one wall. Briskly efficient, the waitstaff hurries to and from the kitchen, balancing dozens of small plates at a time. Specials are spelled out on a huge chalkboard---mussels with sun-dried tomato pesto, grilled asparagus wrapped with cured salmon, crispy pan-fried artichoke hearts with lemon-thyme aïoli. Try any dish featuring the salty, thinly sliced serrano ham. Our hands-down favorite is serrano ham fried into bacon chips and served with manchego cheese, sweet quince jam and slabs of freshly baked bread, For dessert, go for the smooth lemon-rosemary flan, a sangría-poached pear with figs or house-made orange ice cream with just a hint of cardamom. The wine list is heavily Mediterranean, with dozens of excellent sherries and ports as well as a large number of Spanish and Portuguese wines, many by the glass.