Had a 6:30 reservation last night. When we arrived, the host was on the phone trying to accommodate a reservation during the week but everything he looked at was booked, although they are extending into the weekend. And the place was indeed busy. We were seated in the back room of the three dining areas-- the place is deceptively small looking from the front.
We ordered a bottle of Sancerre from the Loire valley which was around $30 and a very good, crisp wine. They brought us a bread basket of very good house made bread with a sprinkling of sesame seeds on the top with a garlicky bean dip.
Starter: garden salad, eggplant dip or a vegetable soup(soup of the day). My companion got the salad -- quite standard and not particularly impressive but fine. I got the soup which I thought was delicious -- a little spicy kick, some okra, possibly too salty but I like salty.
The eggplant dip looked good (was accidentally brought to our table and then removed).
Main dish choice of: chicken, fish of the day (salmon), duck drumstick or braised beef. I got the duck which was absolutely delicious. It was in some sort of sweet, nutty fruity sauce. I ate every shred I could find. Served with a straightforward jasmine rice. Companion got the salmon which came with a nice green sauce, potatoes and assorted vegetables. The salmon was very tender and well accented with the sauce. Potatoes were standard. I was pleased I had gotten the duck as I think it was the best choice.
Dessert choices: baklava, rosewater and lime sorbet with rice noodles, or vanilla ice cream with rosewater and "cream folded in". I chose the sorbet and wow, was it good. The rice noodles were weird and a bit difficult to eat with a spoon but the flavor of the lime and rosewater was so refreshing and surprising. The vanilla ice cream had a great flavor but there were these odd chunks in it that we initially thought were due to it being frozen badly. When we asked the server, he said that was intentional -- that the chunks were bits of cream that had been frozen and chopped up and stirred in. Hm. That wasn't a complete success.
Our server was really great. Attentive but not overly attentive, fun, and relaxed.
Overall a fine, fine meal. I was very happy getting to try such unusual flavors, especially in the duck and the sorbet. I might have to try making the sorbet at home. And I would definitely go back.
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