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V Steakhouse (long)

Paul | Jun 9, 2004 06:08 PM

Apologies in advance for the rambling--Went to V Steakhouse on Monday night with two friends. Called that day and got a 7 o'clock reservation (it was a Monday). Overall experience was positive, with service being quite friendly and willing to engage/answer questions, though prices for meat entrees may be more geared to the expense accounts that will make their way through TWC (aka, the mall). Summary: if you're going just for steak, would probably suggest Sparks, Luger's, Wollensky, etc., but if you want some ambience, this may be your place.

Our waiter told us that V was doing a "soft" opening and not accepting as many covers as the place could handle, which was fine as the place had a fair amount of energy throughout the evening. The decor is what I imagine Hugh Hefner would choose if he were designing a chalet in Austria (deep reds, gilt, velvet, chandeliers), though the trees rising to the ceiling were pretty neat. All in all, my friends liked the feel of the room.

For appetizers, there's a few soups (deconstructed onion soup), salads and dishes. Prices for apps. were somewhere in the $12 to $20 range, or thereabouts. We tried the following:

-onion soup - my friend said this was okay. It was broken down into broth in one cup, atop which lay sour dough chips, and in another cup was a dipping (onion) sauce of sorts.

-fresh cured salmon - this was one of the better salmong appetizers I have tried and would recommend it for those who like. It was not served carpaccio style, but rather as a thinned fillet, with plenty of dill and a (chervil/dill?) emulsion of sorts. The presentation was great.

-fois gras on iceberg lettuce - my friend is a fois gras nut, so she liked this a lot.

-bacon roll (which was pork belly in an egg roll with spicy mustard) - this was okay, but nothing spectacular.

As for entrees, if you're looking for beef, outside of the New York strip (at $38), your looking at $62 for either the porterhouse or a wagyu option--yes, this is a serving for one. There's also a rib eye at $62 for two people. I believe it's mostly Niman ranch so perhaps the cost should not be surprising. There's also lamb (at $37), duck breast w/leg confit (at $28), chicken (at $19). Oh, and there's a few fish items--dover sole, wild king salmon, one other choice. I had the lamb and it was quite good and a generous serving. My friends both got the strip. At 20 oz., it was a nice cut of meat.

There's many sauces with which you can pair your meat choices. The staff is happy to give tastings of all of the them. When we went, there were the following: V mustard, rhubarb ketchup, tamarind, sweet (or was it sour?) cherry, "really hot sauce" (not that hot), classic steak sauce, chili garlic, papaya. If there were more, I can't remember.

There are also side dishes at about $6 a pop and we tried the mashed potatoes, mushrooms in a wine butter sauce and the potato-truffle croquets. The potato dishes were pretty tasty, the mushrooms I would probably pass on. Other side dishes I remember are herbed fontina crepes, frippes (french fries in the shape of chips), creamed spinach, other veggie dishes.

As for desserts (you may be asking how we could still be eating at this point--what can I say, we're Americans, home of the shove it in as long as it doesn't have carbs diets), there was a deconstructed lemon meringue, warm cherry pie, red wine ice cream sundae, chocolate cake, selection of ice cream sorbets, etc. We tried the warm cherry pie, red wine ice cream sundae and chocolate cake. The cherry pie has pop rocks in it. It's more like a mini-tart. My friend enjoyed it. The red wine ice cream is kind of savory, if that's not your thing, you might not like it. The chocolate cake was really good, and was served with a few red pepper flakes of sorts which gave it some heat.

Wine here is not cheap. The half bottles start at about $40, I believe, and glasses start at around $13. Many of the bottles are in the hundreds of dollars. There are not many choices below $100. Not being a wine person, not sure if this is due to high mark-ups or lack of selection of more affordable choices. In any event, it is JG I suppose.

Apologies again for the long post.

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