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Dinner at Spire

JLH | Feb 24, 2006 03:08 PM

I was visiting from New York City with my boyfriend last weekend and I have to say we (both frequent diners at some of NYC's best restaurants) were extremely impressed with our meal at Spire. Unfortunately we did not have time to try the tasting menu but we were more than satisfied with the three courses we chose.

For starters we had the carrot gnocchi and the spire clam bake. The gnocchi, flavored with carrot and mixed with rabbit, is a must. It was perfectly prepared. The clam bake was quite excellent too although I must say that I initially questioned if they left out the clam. They made up for it in the portion size of maine lobster and the corn and chorizo sauce adds a nice "kick."

For our second dish, I ordered the frisee salad and my boyfriend had the "special" which was an onion & shrimp soup. I really enjoyed the salad which was mixed with serrano ham, a poached egg (which was crispy on the outside) and truffle vinaigrette dressing. My only complaint was that there wasn't enough of the vinaigrette (but I am of the type who likes to drench my salads in dressing). The onion salad, though decent, wasn't up to par with the rest of the meal and will not be missed. We should have shared the salad - it was certainly big enough for two.

For our entrees, we had the halibut and the venison. Again, we scored with our options. The halibut is seasoned with lemon and complemented with olives, artichokes and fennel. Honestly, it was perfect! The venison was quite impressive too and is an excellent choice for a hearty eater (though too large for us).

The service was attentive, the space is gorgeous and I wish it was located in New York so I could go back again and again.

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