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My take on Grotto

Dax | Feb 17, 2005 11:47 AM

Went last night with a friend and shared 1/2 bottle of one of the house reds (Australian Shiraz I think, ok, nothing too special), split the fondue appetizer and I ordered the gnocchi with braised short ribs and she had the 1/2 plate of crab ravioli.

First, the fondue might have been the best I've had in a restaurant. Served with a few (3) pieces of very medium rare steak tips and some slices of earthy portabella. I also dipped my bread in the cheese. I nearly had to be held back from licking the still hot bowl.

Second, the gnocchi and shortribs dish was quite large. Probably 30+ gnocchi, a bit on the smaller side (the gnocchi, not the dish itself). Lots of hunks of short rib meat, perfectly tender and done. The demi-glace wine sauce was VERY rich, nearly over-powering at times, but it worked well together.

I only had one bite of my friend's crab ravioli as I'm not a huge crab fan unless it's in soup, crab cakes, or king crab legs. She seemed to like it. There were probably 5-6 large round ravioli on the small plate.

Bill was $63 pre-tax. I'd like to go back and try the lobster lasagne soon.

I love the downstairs room. Unfortunately, there were only two other occupied tables (in a room with about 8 to 10 2 and 4 tops total).

Dax

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