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DAT - Aqua

felice | Jan 21, 2003 02:04 PM

I went to Aqua yesterday for lunch, despite a previous poster's bad experience there. Our waiter was very nice and I didn't notice any attitude in either the hostess or the waiter. And I apologize for forgetting the descriptions of the sauces and garnishes - I always forget and I didn't write them down.

The DAT menu was:

cauliflower soup - I have never had cauliflower soup, and I expected it to be bland but it was actually excellent. The caviar did not stay on the creme fraiche and instead sunk to the bottom of the bowl. Since I could only scoop up 2 or 3 eggs at a time, I could barely taste it.

seared red snapper with edemame butter sauce - sauce was bland, my favorite part was the crispy flavorful skin

mocha creme caramel with blood orange sauce - very good, had a peanut-y finish to it. I liked it better than the one I had at postrio a week ago.

My 2 friends ordered off the regular menu and I got to taste everything.

hamachi parfait: with shitake mushrooms and topiko. YUUUUM. The best dish that came to the table.

tuna tartare: with garlic, spicy pear, pine nuts. also very good. nice presentation - they mix it all up right in front of you and then they shape it into a triangle

cod with miso glaze: served in a shitake-containing broth, with pot stickers (boiled, not fried) Best of the three sauces we had. The pot stickers were sweet and not very authentic but then again, this is just the asian-fusion version of it.

monkfish: served with mussels and spaetzle. Best of the three pieces of fish we had. The sauce was not very good though - too much fennel and slightly bitter. Good thing the sauce didn't infuse into the fish too much.

All in all a good experience, but I would not say this is the best seafood I've ever had.

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