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Danube - a review

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Danube - a review

Cliff | Apr 22, 2002 06:02 PM

About a month ago I asked for opinions re: Danube, and I appreciate the responses. Four of us went Sat. night; impressions follow. The room itself, we all agreed, is gorgeous. The walls are Klimt-inspired, the ceiling is high, the banquettes are comfortable. The noise level is certainly not a problem, although the generously-sized tables are a bit close together. The overview concurs with many of the comments I received previously -- good food, small portions, high prices. Two of us had apps of diver scallops and a beet terrine. There are two largish scallops served, very high quality, with a few baby octopus tentacles as garnish. The terrine combines layers of beets with a horseradish-infused center. Prices for apps are $13-19. Four entrees were braised beef cheeks, weinerschnitzel, halibut and ?poached lobster. The beef was rich and loaded with a slightly sweet, winey flavor, but came in at $34 for two smallish pieces. The veal, I'm told, was good but not a reason to return. The best dish sampled was the lobster, very tender, but even here lacking somewhat in the flavor department. Entrees ranged from $34-39. We ordered one dessert, a warm huckleberry crepe (more like a small pancake), and were surprised when not one but two extra desserts were offered on the house -- a small vanilla "souffle" and a piece of apple cake. There are also various amuse-bouches and sorbets throughout the dinner. Three of us ordered wines by the glass ($14-16) since we each wanted something different, and the cabernet was excellent (have to find out the name). Service was good, with minor lapses (water glasses not refilled . . .) Summary: An elegant setting, don't show up too hungry, and bring money.

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