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I really enjoyed Chaz

Limster | | Nov 22, 2000 01:16 AM

I just had dinner at Chaz (Fillmore at Chestnut). It was just written up in Chron, and Patricia Unterman had raved about it a while ago in the Ex. I thought Chaz was amazing at the price (most expensive entree was about $20).

The food was very finessed. What I really like about Chaz:

Great service - professional, hospitable, knowledgable and dignified. Everything I had was recommended by the maitre d' and I loved all of them.

The appetizer - crabmeat canonelli (sp?) with a cream sauce. Lots of tasty crabmeat in a delicate blanket of pasta.

The riesling (that was comped) that matched the crabmeat perfectly.

But what really impressed me was the entree - venison with chocolate sauce. It sounds gross, but Chaz did an amazing number on this dish. The chocolate sauce wasn't overwhelming at all, and there weren't any traces of bitterness. In fact it was sweetened by dried fruits (prunes?) as well as the accompanying mashed beets and what I suspected was mashed yams. The mashed vegetables were incredible - very fine and creamy. Everything in the dish made the venison spectacular. (This went fairly well with a Kunde '97 Cab.)

Tab came up to $48 (not including tip) for appetizer, entree, dessert and 1 glass of wine.