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RW: Great experience at Bacchus

Peter in the Heights | Apr 10, 2006 01:39 PM

Sorry to take so long to get this posted, a friend and I had a great restaurant week experience at Bacchus on Atlantic Avenue.

We originally set out for dinner at Habana Outpost in Ft. Greene. Alas, it seems to be out of business? So we headed over to Atlantic Avenue where our first stop was Stan's Place. Neither of us had ever eaten there and the food looked good and everyone was happy, but there was 15 minute wait and the live music from the keyboard player in the loft was just a little too loud.

Next stop? Bacchus. I was a bit skeptical because I'd heard a "headed downhill" report or two here over the last year or so... and they were already know for being a bit rude and poorly staffed -- surely restaurant Week would send them over the edge.

Nope. I'd been there numerous times since they first opened but I have to say, other than some slightly slow service (one harried but nice waitress for the entire place) this might have been the best meal I've ever had there.

Started with a perfectly dressed salad and some sort of pear and goat cheese in a dough wrapper that was just flawless. Entrees were some perfect lamb off the bone and beef bourguignonne. Dessert was one of the best I'd ever had.

It was written up as "Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse." I assumed it was 2 different things: chocolate mousse with a salted caramel on the side. Nope. Salted caramel was blended into the mousse. It stiffened it up some, gave it a slight caramel undertone, and a wonderful sea-salty bite. (Anyone have a recipe for this?)

Anyway, with all the talk of small portions during RW, I thought it was worth mentioning that neither of us were able to finish our meals -- we each had leftovers for the next day.

Peter

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