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laurie raphael

crawford5202 | Sep 4, 2004 05:08 PM

we ate at LR last night. I had heard so much about this place, I was worried that it would not meet expectations. To my delight, it was an unforgettable dining experience. To begin, the restaurant is tucked away and discreet. We were escorted into the non-smoking section where Alain was to be our server.
The two things that struck me the most was that (1) the portions served were just right..not like most restaurants today where they serve enormous portions and you walk away feeling bloated (2) the dining experience was timed to allow you to really sit and enjoy the food. We were there for 3 hours and did not order the gourmet prix fixe menu. Also, the tables are spaced comfortably apart and even though it was Sat night, the place was 3/4 filled, leaving plenty of room. It began with an amuse bouche ..what looked like a falafel but made of fish. My husband ordered the angus beef for entree, baby lettuce salad for appetizer. I ordered the soup of the day, butternut squash followed by the lamb. Each course was served with artistic zest and featured fresh ingredients. My husband enjoyed the angus but did not care for the side, a coucous with shredded beef topping.

The dessert that we ordered was the one course that didn't meet my expectations, the chocolate cake filled with chocolate sauce my husband loved it (it's more for someone with a big sweet tooth) I thought it was too sweet.for my tastes. we would have been better off ordering the cheese selection in my opinion. we tasted another amuse bouche prior which was delicious. A varholna chocate torte (mini) with caramelized graham cracker. it was very good.

The wine list was extensive -- I didn't have wine but order port. all in all, the food, ambience, and service was superb and LR's reputation is well-earned.

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