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AOC - review

jacinthe | Jun 14, 2004 11:19 AM

Can there be too many reviews of this place? Nah, never...

Friday night reservations were secured approximately 2 weeks in advance. Some day, I'll just walk in and eat at the Cheese Bar (as my boyfriend prefers), but I have control issues over where I'm going to eat next, and so I have to make reservations. We were seated in the front room, which I have to say, I definitely prefer to sitting outside upstairs or in the other back room. You can watch more people this way.

In approximately the order we were served them, these are the dishes we had:
~Bacon-wrapped dates. Always a winner. Much better when they're first served, though - so eat away when they're placed on your table, otherwise the cheese inside hardens as it cools. I have a tendency to
save the things I like for best - don't do it in this case (although they're still so very good)
~Haricots verts with hazelnuts, burrata and proscuitto. I definitely liked this - the hazelnuts were ground up, and so presented a nice textural contrast to the slippery beans and the soft cheese and meat.
~Chicken liver crostini. This was served on a bed of dressed frisee, of which usually I'm not a fan, but the dressing was warm and wilted the frisee slightly, which I found I liked. I loved the crostini though, and wondered why we had never ordered this one before. A thick rich pate was liberally slathered atop slender slices of toasted bread, and I think there was a piece of pancetta also, but my boyfriend got to that before me, harumph.
~Arroz negro with calamari and aioli? I think that's what it was. The slightly lemony aioli added a nice tang to the dish, and I was a great fan (as I find that I usually am with everything served).
~Pork confit. This was the last thing that came out, and well, as it usually goes, by the end I've had sufficient wine in me that I can't remember details anymore. Two large-ish pieces though, very tender, served atop sliced potatoes.

We might have gotten another dish. I feel like we did, but I can't remember it for the life of me. I'm going to start needing to take notes at dinner.

But anyway, and for dessert, a cherry galette with sour cherry ice cream. Just so good, I love cherries, and the crust on the galette was nice and buttery. The perfect ending to a marvelous meal.

Accompanying the meal were two carafes of wine, a sancerre and an albarino.

Service, as always, was efficient, with empty plates being promptly removed, and clean plates offered after every round. I didn't realise until halfway through dinner that we didn't hear the specials, but oh well.

When we walked in at 8PM, the restaurant (at least the part I could see) was only about half-full, but definitely picked up and was nearly full when we left around 10.

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