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March - detailed report & recommendations

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March - detailed report & recommendations

iole | Oct 11, 2003 04:49 PM

Went to March earlier this week for an incredibly spectacular birthday dinner. Everything I had read is true – completely amazing experience. The food was wonderful (with a few exceptions), the wine pairings perfect, beautiful and romantic atmosphere. Go, go, go. As I’d heard, if you can afford it, do it! Following are the items we had, with comments/recommendations.

Amuse bouche: spinach “sashimi” on wonton wrappper; scallop slice w/ pickled daikon & scallion; tuna “taco” w/ avocado puree.

hirame sashimi with olive oil and white soy sauce, sesame seeds and chives: A+ Outstanding, perhaps my favorite thing all night. It was paired w/ a great sake & was truly transporting.

asparagus vinaigrette and snap pea purée, bonito flakes and spicy olive oil: Excellent, but I think better choices could be made (after all, you’re paying the same amount regardless of what you order)

poached maitake mushrooms in parsnip broth with spanish novella olive oil and epazote: This was not very good. It was really the only miss of the evening. Very bland & watery, not at all recommended.

scallop ravioli with tomato and lobster cream: Great – get it.

poached lobster with muscat de beaumes de venise sauce: Very, very good (as you’d expect) – worth the $5 supplement.

seared bluefin tuna with black kale, quinos and caramel soy: Excellent – the best of the fish offerings.

icelandic cod with green papaya and jicama salad in sweet mirin vinaigrette: Good, but outdone by the tuna.

foie gras de canard au torchon with sweet Indian spices, kabocha chutney and sautéed almonds: This is presented cold – pate style. Very rich (duh), but wonderful.

braised and sautéed squab with cardamom scented red lentils: Yummy! Another favorite.

rack of colorado lamb with broccoli risotto and lamb jus: Bottom line – the best piece of lamb ever. Ever!

Intermezzo of a cold fruit soup w/ gelatin – very refreshing.

white chocolate flan with blueberry coulis and candied ginger: Very nice – the blueberry/ginger topping was incredibly delicious.

molten center valrhona chocolate cake with Ibarra chocolate whipped cream: Not as good as it should have been (or as good as it sounds). You can get better versions elsewhere.

candied walnut tart with bourbon islands vanilla ice cream: The best of the desserts we had.

W/ the check, they also bring out a nice portion of almond praline brittle. Delightful, but a bit much on top ot the walnut tart (not that I’m complaining, mind you).

All that for the tidy sum of $550 (for three, including wine, tax & tip)!! Nobody said an experience like that was a bargain.

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