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Pure Food & Wine REPORT

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Pure Food & Wine REPORT

Tim | May 8, 2005 07:28 PM

Just had an amazing meal at Pure Food. We started with the "young coconut noodles with coriander peanut sauce" appetizer. I hadn't seen this mentioned in any reviews of the place, but I've had a couple of their other appetizers b/f and this was far and away the best of the appetizer bunch. Slightly sweet with a nice spicey peanut flavor.

For the main course, me and mom both ordered the famous lasagna. It absolutely lived up to and surpassed the hype and my high expectations for it. All the ingredients were so fresh and flavorfull and the pesto and "ricotta" were just sublime. I'm no vegetarian or vegan and I really didn't feel like I was missing anything or eating gerbil food or anything like that.

For dessert, we ordered the chocolate hazelnut terrine and the Dark chocolate ganache tarte. The terrine was solid, but the ganache tart was the real star of the show. There was nothing healthy or vegan-tasting about it, it just tasting like a great ganache that you might find on the menu of any top quality restaurant in the city.

I would say that with the exception of the desserts that are rich enough to be year-round items, Pure Food & Wine is really a summer/warm weather restaurant. The food is fresh and light and just what you would want on a summer's day, but it's really not hearty enough to be very satisfying on a winter's day.

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