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gordon wing | | Jan 14, 2001 11:50 PM

Had a very nice meal tonight at Isa. Enjoyed a frisee salad with lardons,a perfectly poached egg, croutons and vinegary, carmelized shallots(?) One of the best salads I've ever had. The Prince Edward Island mussels were good but the broth was even better.....The warm, crispy bagette was made for dunking! Next was the foie gras on strawberry with rhubarb jam and balsamic syrup. Sweetbreads with wild mushrooms and a crispy potato galette was good also. Our last savory dish was a nice piece of sea bass with capers, tomatoes in a lemony brown butter sauce. For dessert we had a poached pear in apple juice with cinnamon & vanilla and a very refreshing passion fruit soup garnished with brunoise of pineapple, papaya and cantalope.
Everything is served tapas style...there are two size plates. Portions are reasonable but not huge. But the quality of the food makes up for any lack of size. We left feeling very satisfied and not at all hungry. I find that if I have food that is really well prepared and seasoned that I am more than satisfied with a tapas portion. The bonus is that you can sample more items this way. Even if I have a large entree I find that after the first three or four tastes there is a diminishing return.