I went with my wife to Ariadne last night - we had wanted to try Kouzina, but sadly it's closed on Monday's. As a result we headed down the street to Ariadne.
The first thing that struck both of us was the room - it is quite beautiful and elegant, especially since we'd been at this location when it was Duckworth Lane. Lot's of soft lighting, creme colors, and lush curved seating.
The menu is quite short - 5 appetizers, 5 entree's. I ordered the Pre Fixe dinner, which included a starter, a soup and entree. My wife did the a la carte thing.
The starter, a lemongrass shrimp dish, was fairly good (the grilled pineapple was the key to the flavor). This was followed up with a great chilled asparagus soup - it was amazingly rich, and the morel accents were perfect. My wife's simple green salad was also very good, with many different greens along with fresh herbs.
For my entree I had the Grilled Pork chop with sweet potato, bacon, and red onion hash. It was grilled perfectly, and the sweet potato hash was a very good accent. It also had some sort of sauce (madiera??) that while sweet, was also a bit tart. Overall it hit the spot. My wife had the Grilled Dourade over an olive medley and her's was quite good too. I haven't had Dourade before, but it's a very firm, yet thin fish.
We topped everything off with a rich chocolate tart with peanut butter core and peanut butter ice cream on top. While this didn't exactly match the rest of the meal, it was an excellent desert. Too much for one person, but a great split desert.
Service was good - it seems that all of the wait staff is about 17, so it was kind of funny to have a teenager swapping silverware and recommending wines. . .
Overall Ariadne is a great option if you live in the 128 'burbs. Similiar to some of the restaurants in the back bay or south end (torch or 9 park come to mind), but with better parking, slightly lower prices and less pretention.
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