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Dinner at Nectar

shellymck | Jun 2, 2003 01:45 PM

We had an impromptu dinner at Nectar on Friday night. The dining room was about half full when we arrived and filled up during the course of our meal so I would suggest reservations. One thing that's not changed since Zuki Moon is the small tables and close proximity of them--I really don't like being able not to have a private conversation at dinner, especially when you're paying fine dining prices.

In contrast to a previous poster, I thought the service was remarkably good. We were very well taken care of by all the servers and a manager. While we enjoyed the entire meal there was nothing that blew me away. The pea soup with basil oil was unusual and fresh-tasting; my halibut and my bf's scallops were delicious, perfectly cooked; and the salty chocolate cake (one of my favorite combinations-think chocolate covered pretzels) was also very nice. The cooking style is minimalist and the portion sizes were small. While this was not a problem for us, someone with a large appetite might not be sated. Roaming bread servers brought a semolina bread, pain de campagne and an asiago bread with big cheese chunks.
I did like that the entire menu--dessert and wine list included--was in one book. No wondering if I should save room for dessert because there may or may not be something interesting on the dessert menu.

Lastly, wine afcionados might be interested in this place for the unusual list (at least to me). We went with a white wine from Sicily (La Segreta Bianca) that was recommended by the manager who told us it got a 94 in the Parker guide. There were also offerings from Greece and Portugal, in addition to the usual California and French choices.

shellymck

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