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Silverleaf Tavern Review (long)

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Silverleaf Tavern Review (long)

Eva L. | Jan 26, 2005 06:07 AM

Four of us went to Silverleaf Tavern for dinner last night and it was fantastic. Two of us had the Rest. Wk menu and the other 2 each had 2 apps. Rest. Wk menu was from a selection of 3 for each category. We started with buttermilk fried calamari, mussels and scallops with anchovy tartar sauce and their signature dish French toast stuffed with goat cheese and mushroom fondue. Very good, I normally don’t like anchovies, but this sauce was great and not salty at all, just a little more zing to normal tartar sauce and was not greasy. I was not crazy about the French toast, bec. of the goat cheese, but my friends who love goat cheese loved this dish. I loved the mushrooms. It was delicious. One entree was the braised lamb with paparadalle (sp?) noodles, root vegetables and crème fraiche. Absolutely delicious. The combination of ingredients and sauce was my favorite dish for the evening. The lamb was so tender and melted in your mouth. Other ala carte apps included short rib knish with some grey poupon mustard or ricotta cheese on the side. I opted for the mustard. Delicious, much different from your typical knish and also one of their signature dishes. Also had the baked oyster with rock shrimp and horseradish crust, only 4, perfect for us sharing, so good. I normally only like raw oysters, but this was so tender and the combination of ingredients was very good. Another app was salad with Asian pear and mandarin oranges, nice combo again and duck confit which I personally don’t like so I didn’t even try. My dislike is always the salt, but my friend who had it said it wasn’t salty at all. Dessert from the Rest.Wk menu was mascarpone cheesecake and winter poached fruit (apples and pears) with white chocolate custard. The a la carte one we ordered was chocolate cake with caramelized bananas and whipped cream. My favorite was the white chocolate custard with the fruit. There really was not a bad dish among everything g we ordered. Service was absolutely fantastic. The waiter was extremely professional and solicitous which made the evening much more pleasant. The manager came by towards the end to see how everything was and left a business card. While I was waiting for friends to arrive, I was offered a paper to read. The dining room was small and intimate and very relaxing. I declined the paper and just leaned back on the tall banquet back and relaxed while waiting for my friends to arrive. They have only been open for 3 months, but I definitely would highly recommend it as a nice place to relax and have dinner. It was an all around very pleasant evening and a bit of a surprise especially since it was so empty. While we were there, only 3 other tables were occupied.

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