Have been walking by this place almost daily since I moved into the neighborhood in April 03. Finally had a chance to stop in last night.
8:30 reservation, my friend and I got there at 8:32. Didn't get seated until a few minutes before 9, although the hostesses were quite congenial. That part sucked, but the bar is nice and big and pretty cool, so we had a couple cocktails there.
The bread was excellent and served with real butter and a bean spread. Big loaf, we ate it all.
For an app, we split the Seared Foie Gras with Confit of Duck in Brioche and Tart Wisconsin Cherries. I'm no foie gras expert, but I think I nearly swooned eating this. So rich, so good, so wish I had some now. The confit was a bit overwhelming, but overall the dish was a delicious success. The bread dipped in the remaining juices may not have been klassy but it was quite good.
The waiter's recommended bottle of red was excellent as well - bold but not over powering.
For the entree, I ordered the Half Whole Roasted Duck with Swiss Chard & Wild Mushroom Risotto, Wisconsin Cherry Gastrique. I think I died and went to heaven for the duration of the meal. I love duck, I love it's heady richness, the full flavors from the fat of the skin all the way through the texture of the meat. And this specimen was as close to perfection as I've had in a while. Tender dark flesh, 1/2 of a moderately sized duck; I tried but could not eat it all. Served over a bed of mushroom risotto (which tasted a tad over-cooked, but was still amazing), this was quite possibly one of the best meals I have had for some time. I don't remember the swiss chard. The cherries were a nice touch to the richness of the duck.
My friend ordered the Steak Au Poivre with Creamed Spinach & Salt Roasted Yukon Potatoes, Cognac & Peppercorns. Au poivre is one of my favorites as well; steak perfection if you will. He ordered it still mooing and it came out somewhere between rare and medium rare. A wonderful cut of meat, the peppercorns were present but not overwhelming (take note Capital Grill!). I had two bites, excellent dish. Didn't try the spinach or potatoes.
All in all, around $160 w/o tip.
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