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Overtures, finally [a little long]

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Overtures, finally [a little long]

--susan | Dec 30, 2002 10:10 AM

*Finally* got around to a meal at Overtures. We called last night at about 5:30 to ask if we could get a table at 6:00, which they quite graciously handled. (By 6:30 it was by no means full, but quite busy.) Left hanging for a few moments when we arrived, as the party before us was effusively greeted by their waiter; however as soon as our waiter greeted us we were taken care of very well.

My roommate and I both got the prix fixé, which was $50 for four courses. Not as good a deal as their mid-week $20.02 menu, but certainly a substantially better deal than ordering the same amount of food a la carte. (Entreés are approx. $24-$33) Our friend from out of town ordered off the menu. I must say that our waiter was excellent -- attentive and responsive without hovering, no vanishing acts pulled, paced the courses well, friendly yet professional demeanor.

Crab veloute had plenty of big pieces of crab, cream broth was luxuriously thick. Whisky poured over provided a nice flavor, a little different from the more typical sherry or cognac, though it was a bit of a heavy pour. My roommate's red pepper soup (it was a special) was excellent, beautifully spiced, and suitably rich despite the broth base without cream. House salad was your basic baby greens with dijon vinagrette, but was unusually good. And they use the most amazing endive, which i just loved. My baby rack of lamb was very mild, moist meat. I asked for rare-to-medium rare, it was actually more like medium-rare-to-medium, but it was delicious and didn't suffer a bit from being less pink than i prefer. Our friend's venison was amazing, and possibly has made me a convert, as I previously thought that i did not much care for venison. My creme bruleé was a bit of a disappointment -- the kitchen blowtorch provided a slightly soggy rather than brittle carmelization on top, and while it was appropriately custardy and nicely flavored with vanilla bean, it was overchilled.

I'll be particularly happy if they keep that weekday deal going, because the $50 prix fixé was actually too much food for me. Overall we were very pleased, and will return. Happpy to join the ranks of my fellow chowhounds in recommending the place.

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