I am trying to write my first review, keep that in mind! But I will try to be thorough. We went to Daniel last night, to celebrate our second anniversary and it was good, really good! We got there five minutes before 8PM, and got seated right away. They seated us in the "mezzanine" level, but not in the "front" row. The seating disposition in this 2nd row of tables is curious, we had a table for four but we were only two people, and instead of being seated one in front of the other, were seated side by side, which made it more interesting and intimate (and easier to look at other people!!).
Well, once seated, they gave us the menu. The person who took our order was very surprised that it almost took us no time to decide what we wanted, that why we told him that we had studied the menu through the internet...
The complimentary "appetizers" (or however they call them) were good, I especially liked the first one (goat cheese with basil and something else) and the last one (eggplant caviar?? Not sure I understood correctly). Yummy.
For appetizers, I ordered the Scallops (Sautéed Maine Sea Scallops with Porcini, Tuscan Kale, Pomme Fondante and Black Truffle Sauce), which were very good, but I wouldn't say exceptionally good. I thought they came with a caramelized artichoke, which was de-li-cious, but I see now that it is not on the menu. Oh well. Hubby ordered the Seared Foie Gras with Apples, which was absolutely, heavenly goooooooooooood. It is one of the seasonal items, I think. Very, very very recommendable dish, if you like foie. It was a little, little pink-ish in the middle part, so I don't think I could have finished.
For Main Courses, I had the Lamb (Niman Ranch Lamb Loin Crusted with Meyer Lemon Confit Saffron Braised Shoulder with Artichokes Fava Beans and White Asparagus), medium done. It was very good, but again not exceptionally good. BUT the crust was something out-of-this-world. Artichokes were confited in vinegar, so I didn't liked them that much. Funny thing, underneath one of the lamb pieces I found some beef?? Just a little tiny bit, So I am guessing it just sneaked from some other plate? It tasted like "Fricando", that is a very typical Catalan dish that I haven't found anywhere else. Maybe the French have a similar thing... who knows. It was funny. My husband had the Yellowfin Tuna (Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Fennel Pollen and Coriander with Sorrento Lemon Marmalade Asparagus, Fava Beans and Crunchy Vegetable Salad "Anchoïade") medium-rare, which was absolutely delicious, very very VERY good, it melted in your mouth, texture was so smooth...
For dessert, I went for the Hazelnut Dacquoise (Hazelnut Dacquoise with Milk Chocolate Parfait, Vanilla Yogurt Bavarois and Dark Caramel Ice Cream ), which wasn't very good. If you go, I would recommend you choose another desert... My husband chose the Chocolate upsode-down souffle (Hot Chocolate Upside-Down Soufflé with Café Brulot Ice Cream), which in my opinion was very good, very chocolate-y without being overwhelming, and soft, molten gooey good chocolate inside and had a little edible gold-leaf on top. Veeeeeeeery good.
Ah! We told them it was our second anniversay and they threw in a free dessert!! It was the Trifle (Pink Grapefruit - Orange Trifle with Sherry Sabayon and Almond Financier), very refreshing, a little on the tart side, and the sabayon was very good. I would have eaten a whole cup of it (if I had any stomach left, of course!!). We had the petit-fours (nice, but I only could eat like two and a half, I was so full!!), the nice warm madelines and I had a tea and my husband had TWO double espressos. He is an espresso fan, and it is difficult for him to find a good one. So when he finds one, he is very happy and he usually repeats!! He said it was as good as the one he had at Otto's...
And we had wine by the glass, the "house wines", three of them.
Well, we had fun and it was a good way to celebrate our aniversary. I wouldn't mind going back there once in a while...
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