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Scutra, Arlington

Limster | Mar 6, 2005 11:20 PM

Grateful for past recommendations here. Just adding a quick update.

Exceptional value. For example, a three part appetizer sampler each with its own sauce is $8, and the sea scallop of this trio coated with coconut was remarkable, cooked precisely athat certain bouncy softness.

It's the first time I've been able to order frogs legs at a French place in the area. Classically sauced with clear butter, parkely, lemon juice, and a delicious swarm of garlic. Very tender and flavourful.

Sauces tend to be intense, a style apart from elegant delicate sauces at other French places I've been to. This is cooking with big heart.

Stuffed quail (chestnuts and cheese) gathers in a thick cloak of port reduction. Skirt steak rests on a eavy pile of orzo, in circles of dark jus.

A trio of desserts, the most notable in my mind a lemon blueberry bavarian where lemon and blueberry take to each other with natural ease. Raspberry laced chocolate coake is very moist.

Very impressive, especially for the price. The food felt very European in outlook, reminding me of the cooking at RockFort, a favourite on my last trip to Belgium. Perhaps it's not suprising, as the chef is Belgium too (Walloonian or Fleminish I don't know). A sweet little spot that I'll be back soon.

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