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Xmas eve at Grotto

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Xmas eve at Grotto

gourmaniac | Dec 28, 2004 09:04 AM

We had the feast of the seven fishes there, a modern take on the Neapolitan tradition of eating 7 different kinds of fish for good luck for the coming year. The dishes included: Nantucket bay scallops, warmed smoked trout, steamed clams and a truffled egg, served on mesclun greens, butter poached lobster in a vanilla cream with brandy roasted baby vegetables, white truffle potato gnocchi with shaved black truffles with poached oysters and caviar, Oven roasted striped bass with tagliatelle,and a banana bread pudding with caramel ice cream and roasted pecans (no fish in the dessert). The quality was excellent with the highlight being the lobster. The natural sweetness worked nicely with the vanilla and especially the baby turnips. The bay scallops were also excellent. Gnocchi were up their their usual brilliant standard but the oyster and caviar were superfluous. The striped bass was fresh and fine and tagliatelle well made but did not excite compared to the other dishes. This special was $50 which was very good value. Our son had the gnocchi with braised short rib and gorgonzola sauce. The quality of ingredients was very good but the combination was entirely too rich. Service was fine and teh chef came out to receive an "Oh my God" from my wife for the lobster. Overall, an excellent meal and a nice way to celebrate the season. Happy holidays and good chowing.

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