We had a lovely time at No. 9 Park on Friday. This was a good example of RW actually inspiring you to go back during the rest of the year. They were so nice to us, even handling some special requests, and the meal was WAY worth the $20.02 price tag. We never felt second class RW trash, which is the way of No 9.
Starters included goose liver mousse with rhubarb and sauternes gelee. Smooth pate, subtley flavored and perfect with the exceptional bread and butter at the table. Mixed greens salad included 10 different greens and herbs with a light vinaigrette. That salad was so lively, the vegetarian with us didn't mind it instead of ducky goodness.
Mains were seafood stew (minus the chorizo) which featured baby octopus the size of your pinky nail, and which melted in the mouth. The carnivores went for pork confit, which was described by one hound as "high end carnitas" but which was a really succulent chunk of shoulder, crispy on the outside and meltingly tender on the inside. A few tiny batons of parsnip added a fall-like touch to the plate and argana oil and a few mustard sprouts provided a peppery garnish.
Dessert was a chocolate cake with almond filling alongside a sour cherry "salad" and a tiny quenelle of chocolate ice cream. Baba au rhum and some kind of butterscotch creation (ask a dessert hound for details) were other options.
We enjoyed a few glasses of wine and spent a couple of hours enjoying the pretty room and attentive service. All told, with the wine, it all came to less than $40 for the meal and it was definitely worth returning for, although the pork is not on the regular menu. If it were, I would go back next week.
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