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Maestro report

ermine | Jun 25, 2005 08:23 PM

Thanks to everybody who responded to my earlier thread about where to spend a lot of money. Last night my husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Maestro, and it was fantastic.

We chose a five course dinner. I went vegetarian, not because I am one, but because I was intrigued by the choices. My menu: fennel and orange salad; asparagus and mushrooms in a broth; endive and goat cheese in honey and red wine sauce; tagliolini with nine herbs and Parmesan; caramel souffle.

My husband's: buffalo mozzarella with red pepper broth and tapenade; goat cheese ravioli with balsamico; halibut with onions in red wine sauce; tagliolini; coffee mousse.

Various amuse bouche (what's the plural of that?): slivers of raw fish tucked into fried wrappers, with tapenade; fennel broth with paper-thin toasted bread and micro greens; lychee panna cotta with grappa; molten chocolate center cake petits fours.

The sommelier lived up to his reputation, designing a flight of wines to go with my meal (my husband doesn't drink, so I never order a bottle). He served me a Friulian sauvignon blanc, an Alsatian riesling, and a Veronese (?) valpolicella. All excellent matches for the food.

Service was just the teensiest bit shy of perfect. Guess that means I'll have to go back and let them try again.

I could not find the slightest quibble with anything on plate or in glass. I don't often encounter such perfection. Maestro was truly wonderful.

Vegetarians please note: you could have a wonderful celebratory meal here without ever feeling second class (something my vegetarian friends complain about).

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