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RW ending, how did it go?


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RW ending, how did it go?

Rmis32 | | Feb 5, 2010 07:30 PM

With restaurant week just about over, I was wondering which restos delivered a satisfying dining experience and which disappointed.

I dined at Orsay, which provided a solid, if unspectacular, brasserie menu. I actually passed on the RW menu & chose a sweetbread appetizer & a (hanger) steak frites entree, both good, but no wows elicited. Kudos to the bartender for a formidable martini. Orsay had a lively atmosphere fitting for a brasserie.

My 2nd RW dinner was at South Gate, which seems to be under the radar on the Chow board. I tend to shy away from the true foodie destinations during RW, because I feel the abbreviated menu & often, simplified selections do not fully represent the essence of those restaurants. I also find that I don't like to pay for glitz at full price, but when dining with a non-foodie date, RW prices make those type pf places more attractive to me. South Gate has a modern sleek dining room, somewhat softened and warmed by the upholstered leather seats and a blazing fireplace. I had the Salad Of Smoked Salmon mâche, leeks, cardamom vinaigrette for an appetizer, which was good, but not especially noteworthy. My entree was the Sauteed Branzino celery fondu, "caesar sauce". The fish had a wonderful crust and was nicely complemented by the celery sauce, which was a new and welcome taste for me. This dish immediately elevated my regard for the restaurant and I was further pleased by the Chocolate Pot De Creme coffee chantilly, chocolate croquant dessert. It was chocolate, chocolate and chocolate, but the varying intensities and textures made it interesting and irresistible. Refined dining at good RW value pricing.

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