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Sezmu Reno Chowdown

janetofreno | | Jan 22, 2007 05:43 AM

We were only four last night, but we all enjoyed a lovely, delicious dinner.

Sezmu is a relatively new restaurant in a quiet residential neighborhood in Southwest Reno (Mt. Rose St. just west of Arlington). It is fairly close to downtown (less than a mile) so even out-of-towners might want to check it out. Its small (11 tables) so definitely go with reservations.

Steve brought a wine to share (a red from Provence, sorry, can't remember more details). Corkage is 20 dollars. Unfortunately, I was told not to drink this week in anticipation of some medical I didn't indulge. But since Sezmu is the kind of place where one MUST have a cocktail, I tried one of their non-alcoholic versions, the Hibiscus Infusion. (Hibiscus tea, pomegranite juice, soda, sugar, and lime). Delicious, but probably better suited for hot weather.

Two of us opted for the four course tasting menu. It was $50, which is maybe few dollars less than the items would be if ordered a la carte. Last night's offering consisted of a scallop appetizer, Codia (a type of sea bass) with lobster bisque sauce, a beef filet on a barley stew, and a choice of deserts. Highlights were the lobster sauce on the fish, and the filet, which practically melted in the mouth.

Hubby and I weren't quite as hungry, so we went with a la carte items. I had a couple of the small plates and a soup....perfect. My starter was the "beet study"...heaven for a beet lover. It included some lovely roasted beets, a beet salad, and a beautiful tiny sandwhich of some kind of goat cheese in between two yellow beet slices. I then continued the yellow vegetable theme with the butternut squash soup. It was served from the tureen to the bowl, a touch I liked. The garnish included baked apples; the sweetness was an unexpected but pleasant twist. I finished with some grilled scallops marinated in shoyu and vodka...they were delicious, but possibly the best part of the dish were the home-made sweet potato chips on the side. I noticed you can get these as a starter; I will definitely do just that with my cocktail the next time.

Hubby started with the smoked salmon "salad." It consisted of some lovely smoked salmon, with a small salad on the side. There was some unidentified yellow vegetable in the salad; maybe more of that squash? Anyway, it was perfectly fresh and delicious. He finished with the one vegetarian main dish option, crispy polenta with a portabello slice and a little pomegranite sauce. Delicious.

Hubby and I shared the creme brulee for desert. It came with a little roasted pineapple and some perfect ginger snaps. The creme brulee was probably the most ordinary part of the dish. Tom had a pear included the most wonderful crispy rolled cookies with a pear and mascapone cheese filling. Steve had the chocolate cake. I'll let him comment, as to me it just tasted like chocolate cake, but then again I'm not a big chocolate cake fan. OTOH, the toffee it came with was perfect.

Every dish was beautifully presented. Service was warm and friendly, but I do think it lagged a bit between the starters and the mains. I welcome the other CHs comments, but I say check it out. Dinner for four with tax but without tip was around 220 dollars. BTW, we saw everything from blue jeans to furs last although the food and the surroundings are elegant you can still go casual...(after all, this IS Reno).