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Absinthe Mini-Report

Jeni Bean | Jun 14, 2006 06:40 PM

Our dinner at Absinthe last night was fine...just fine. The good company saved it, but the food wasn't what I expected for $100 pp. (We did order a decent amount of wine and tipped well.)

First we were brought the wrong wine and cheese pairing. I didn't say anything to the waitress as it was supposed to be a fun evening and I didn't want to start out on a bad food. The cheese was good, and none of us minded. The plating was pretty bad, the cheese was far too warm (it was a Lingot de Quercy (sp??)) and I know it is a runny cheese when ripe but this was melted all over the plate (and resolidified) and was difficult to eat.

Next I had the Camembert with Black Truffle Butter. This was just ok, and the toasts with the truffle butter were overly greasy. Buttered beyond belief. Plus, I didn't discern any distinct truffle flavor. Also, the walnuts that came with it lacked any real nutty flavor and the plating of this was a little sloppy.

I had the rib eye for dinner and opted out of the Niman for an extra $9. The meat was fine and cooked well, but was under salted. More to my displeasure were the sides: 4 fingerling potatoes and some green (clearly not memorable since I can't remember what it was.)

Overall not bad, but not what I was expecting. Seems to me that almost everyone there was eating oysters, caviar, and the onion soup. I clearly missed the mark with my ordering but am allergic to shellfish and don't like caviar. I think that these are the dishes that people go to Absinthe for, and so I probably didn’t order well.

The meal was pleasant and our server was just ok. We were the youngest people in the joint (24-28) and until we made it clear we knew our way around a wine list and menu were not treated as cordially as I would have liked.

Sum up: Just ok, fine if you have lots of money, but not somewhere I would go to splurge for a special evening.

JB

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