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Le Quai, Newport - We Finally Did It!

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Le Quai, Newport - We Finally Did It!

torta basilica | Oct 20, 2003 10:35 PM

After much back & forthing (due to hearing about unusually high prices for ok to good food), we decided to try out Le Quai Sat. night. It's hard to find - in the old Raft space, but charming & decorated very nicely. Friendly welcome & shown to a water-view table. (BTW, the view is of one of the less than stellar areas of Balboa Bay, so don't freak if you don't have water view. Still, it's nice.) Beautiful atmosphere, comfy benches w/ pillows - very nice. Only gripe is that 3 front tables for 2 are right on top of each other & I hate that - don't know how person in middle would get out - luckily middle table not taken while we were there.

As we were short on time, asked for wine by the glass & told there were none. Ordered a half-bottle of Pouilly-Fume & to waiter's credit, he noticed it was off & confirmed my decision. Ordered a full bottle of a Mersault & was advised not in stock. Went on to a Pouilly-Fuissse that was very nice & they charged the Mersault price. Decent French bread & butter brought. Advised to try the Butternut Squash/Chanterelle soup & it was good, if not stellar. Husband had the Caesar with full leaves & unusual addition of capers & judged it good. Instead of a main, I ordered the sauteed foie gras in raspberry sauce with carmelized peach ($23) - this was delicious - incredibly tasty crust & tender insides. Raspberry sauce pretty unremarkable & peach was definitely not carmelized, which would have been good, but still the foie gras just delicious. Husband had the halibut - large piece plainly sauced on a rock shrimp risotto & carmelized baby carrot bed. Unfortunately, halibut was still jiggling, so he sent it back for a moment or so more & it came back out perfect. I was still hungry, but didn't want dessert, so asked for just one piece of cheese. instead of the 5 piece cheese plate, and they brought me out a lovely plate with just enough Humbolt Fog & 2 other wonderful cheeses (whose names escape me...), a few walnuts & champagne grapes. Came to $130 w/out tip - I would go back, probably not in a rush, but it is a lovely romantic setting - just so you're not sitting on top of the couple next to you...

They are going to tent for the winter & have heat lamps & blankets, so hopefully will still be cozy. Would be great to take the place over for a private party - they have a dock out back if you want to arrive via water.

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