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Sibling Rivaly

Spike! | Feb 13, 2006 11:16 AM

We decided to hit it yesterday since most people would probably stay at home because of the storm and it'd be better than trying to hit it during valentine's day :-)
It was fairly quiet and the place was maybe 1/10th full and the staff was probably cut in half. Our waiter forgot to tell us about the special of the day which sounded good (seared sea scallops w/ sweet potato gnocchi).

The bread basket was cold, but included a crunchy roll, wheat bread, and raisin bread. Nothing too exciting and it was a little disappointing; I'd rather have simple rolls that are warm.

We had the pressed duck and the pistachio crusted mahi mahi and the tuna tartare appetizer. The appetizer was very tasty and nicely presented. There were little swirls of sauces (tabasco, orange colored aoli and red colored aoili) on the plate. The tartare was about half the height of a cupcake and had different flavors (it didn't really need the sauces). The only mistep was the use of a round disc of seaweed (sushi wrapping paper) which was chewy and needed a knife to cut up because it absorbed so much moisture.

The pressed duck was ok, but not very exciting if you're asian since we eat a lot of duck already. The duck meat was very moist and the skin was crunchy and it was a fairly large piece (about half a duck?). The bones were mostly stripped (I think I chewed and ate one, but couldn't chew through a piece of cartilage). The sauce was ok, but a bit bland unless you ate the dried cherries and vidalia onions (the watercress salad on the top of half the duck seemed an odd place to put it). I felt a bit bloated afterwards from eating so much of the duck skin.

The mahi mahi was a much better dish IMHO. The flavors were much more complex. As you bit through it, you could task the pistachio crust, then the fish, then the mushroom layer the fish layed on, then the squash sauce on the bottom of the dish.

Price was typical for the area (mid-20s for entrees and low to mid-10's for appetizers).

p.s., chowhounds seems to be pretty popular nowadays...the cute girl (w/ the hot black dress that looked odd on a snowy winter night) at the next table was saying something about reading about sibling rivalry on chowhounds. Guess not all people just watch phantom gourmet reviews and go to Kowloon for "chinese food" ;-)

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