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Montrachet $20.01 and more (longish)


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Montrachet $20.01 and more (longish)

Suzanne Fass | Oct 19, 2001 07:28 PM

Went to lunch at Montrachet today with 3 other people, and had an excellent meal (to the contrary of the posts below from 10/9 - 10/11).

3 had the $20.01 lunch: choice of baby/micro greens with sherry vinaigrette or puree of cauliflower with (I think) 4 drops of beet reduction; Red wine & marrow risotto with chanterelles, Horseradish-crusted salmon with sauteed cucumbers, or Navarin of Lamb over pappardelle; Creme brulee or Chestnut mousse cake. We had everything except the creme brulee. The salad was large and very nicely dressed (quite chic). Caulifower soup was disappointing to me, tasting a little too cruciferous and a little too salty. Everyone else liked it, though. Fernande liked the navarin, which smelled very meaty and savory; Bryan said the salmon was delicately horseradished; it looked perfectly cooked. The risotto was exquisite, tasting beefy, mushroomy, and faintly of wine; creamy but with the right bite to the grains. The chestnut cake was also excellent, with a thin layer of almond-paste flavored sponge, and one of chocolate sponge; a little rum in the mousse, and some orange-flavored praline chunks around the base.

I ordered the regular $28 menu: Arugula/Watercress salad with Roquefort; L.I. duck breast with wild rice and fruited rutabagas (much better than it sounds), and the ubiquitous warm chocolate cake with caramel ice cream. They might have forgoten the watercress, but the microgreens may have had some. Lots of cheese. The duck was rare, incredibly tender and juice, and faintly 5-spiced. The cake was rich and gooey.

We had a 1998 Cristom (?) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, $60. Not as chewy as, say, Acacia, but it worked with the food.

All in all, we were pleased. So try it again.

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