Last night, I decided to give Moose's a whirl, since they're participating in the Dine Around Town promotion. That promotion must really be working because I noticed many patrons eating from the single choice presented for the promotion.
At Moose's, the promotion dinner consists of New England Clam Chowder, Roasted Quail, and Arborio Rice Pudding with Dried Strawberry Compote. I wish I could describe these more fully, but considering that menu, I opted to go the ala carte route. My dining companion, a former colleage from my NASA days, pronounced each course of the promotion dinner excellent. (I guess my description of quail as a really small chicken didn't scare him off!) The promo dinner is served with either a glass of the house chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon.
I started with a Caesar salad. Whole leaves of romaine lettuce were served with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and garlic croutons. The dressing was quite tasty, with a faint hint of anchovies that is so often lacking or unbalanced in the bottled product. Certainly better than having a Caesar at Fresh Choice. :-)
For entree, I selected the Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank. The shank was complemented with a creamy polenta (really nice and creamy), wilted mustard greens (so they said, but these didn't resemble the mustard greens of Chinese cooking), and an orange-mint gremolata. The gremolata added a sharp, contrasting tang to the fork-soft lamb.
The only real let down for me was dessert. I elected to try to the profiteroles with a white chocolate mousse filling, blood orange slices (and sauce?), and drizzled chocolate. The profiteroles were tough and the mousse was not strong enough to stand up to the cutting pressure necessary to produce a bite-sized piece. A serrated knife might have helped the situation, as might have white chocolate ice cream in lieu of the mousse. Outside of that the taste was all right, although the white chocolate flavoring of the mousse was markedly subtle. Perhaps that's a good thing, since I'm not really a white chocolate fan. Give me a dark Valrhona any day. :-)
The dining room was crowded and a bit noisy, but sitting next to the back wall helped to keep it down. Live music was provided by a piano/sax duo. My reservation was for 8:15 pm, but Moose's was running a bit late and didn't seat us until around 8:30. Service was mostly speedy, although I ran out of water once and had to wait a while before I could get it replenished. Would I go back? Perhaps. But with so many other Chowhound treasures to try, it will be awhile.
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