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Dinner at Sweets and Savories


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Dinner at Sweets and Savories

xchef | Feb 20, 2005 11:19 AM

Thanks to all that responded to my request for recent info on S&S. I had my reputation on the line, as the last restaurant we went to on my suggestion was Charlies on Leavitt. Which was beyond terrible. But on to things positive.

Get to S&S, and get there quick. The food is great, the room is comfortable and the staff couldn't be nicer. They do not yet have a liquor liscense, and charge no corkage for those that choose to BYO. They even trot out some decent over-sized stemware. We had a party of 4, with 1 serious vegetarian. When I made the reservation I inquired about selections for the veggie among us. Turns out I had the Chef on the phone. He was happy to make special selections just for our companion. You do not find that very often, if ever.

The room is small, perhaps 55 seats. It is painted in soothing tones of brown. There is faint, yet good, jazz in the background. The restaurant isn't located in the easiest parking location (Fullerton east of Ashland), so they offer free parking in the Penzoil lot next door.

The menu is brief, but well thought out. They offered several specials, and a tasting menu for $50. We opted for ala carte, and there wasn't a miss among all that we ordered. I had an Onion and Goat Cheese Tart with Mesclun Salad, very tasty. The tart had an excellent crust, and a huge portion of very rich caramelized Onions. (Rich is a theme that runs through all of the food here.) Other Appetizer choices were Sweet Potato Bisque with Pumpkin Seed Oil, Warm Tomato and Bread Soup and a Goat Cheese Salad with Raspbery Dressing. All drew raves, especially the two soups. The Tomato soup is always on the menu, and will be worth the trip all by itself when it is prime Tomato time.

For entrees we had the famous Burger (Kobe Beef with Foie Gras and Truffle Mayo.), Grilled Salmon with Oxtail Ragout, Seafood Stew, a side of Duck Fat French Fries and Vegetarian Friendly Mushroom Risotto. All very good. The only quibbles I have were with the fries and the Burger. The fries had excellent taste, but they were Steak cut and thus not very crispy. My guess is that this was done to give a better presentation. The Burger had good flavor, but was over the top on the richness scale. The bun was dripping with excess Truffle Mayo. Also, for a $16 Burger it came without any accompaniment. Just a burger on a plate.

Desserts held up their end of the bargain. We sampled an excellent Lemon Tart, Raspberry Bread Pudding and Chocolate-Pecan-Pine Nut Tart. They have an extensive Tea and Tisane assortment which was much appreciated by the non coffee drinkers in the crowd.

Hesitate not, get to S&S soon. Happy chowing.

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