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Canteen Prix Fixe a Revelation

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Canteen Prix Fixe a Revelation

LPCagain | Oct 4, 2008 09:03 AM

Had dinner at Canteen for the first time. Happened to be on a Tuesday, the night of the prix fixe dinner.

O. M. G.

Simply put the menu was an amuse bouche, an appetizer of smoked salmon, beef filet, a figs with blue cheese. But it didn't taste simple at all. Apparently the chef chooses the dinner menu that afternoon when he shops.

I honestly don't remember what the amuse bouche was. My memories have been usurped by the other food. The smoked salmon came out with chives, avocado, cucumber...and I had always thought that avocado and cucumber should not cooexist. But the salmon itself. Goodness me. it had a citrus taste that was just extraordinary.

And then the beef filet, came out in pieces, on a squash puree, and spinach. All in some kind of reduction. It tasted amazing.

I am not good at food writing. I forget too much. I become non-verbal. In fact, all I could say during the meal was, "Wow". "Yum". "Delicious". But this dinner reminded me of eating in France when I was 21, and visited Alain Chapel's restaurant in Lyons, and was unable to leave for an hour or so, being wholly stunned by the food.

And the whole thing was $39 without the wine. Plus you get to watch Dennis Leary, cooking ALL BY HIMSELF, in the corner. Peering at the pans, seasoning dishes, placing the vegetables just so. Sit at the counter on the end.

Anyway, thanks Mr. Leary. Much appreciated.

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