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2087 American Bistro - Long

TomSwift | Nov 8, 200206:19 PM

Last night we had tickets to the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center ("Mame", not bad) so we thought we'd try 2087, which is directly across the street from the Center, for dinner. We arrived 30 minutes early for our 6:00 reservation so were seated immediately. As the place filled up (we left at 7:20) the crowd was decidedly a 50ish and older one (a surprise). Serivce was attentive, organized and nonintrusive. Our server offered bottled water but also gave us the option of tap water (which we chose). I noticed that not all waiters did so.

We started with martinis straight up, a bit on the watery side. Both our drinks had ice flakes floating in them. This was corrected on subsequent drinks. The wine list was unimpressive, but pricey. The stemware wasn't Riedel, but very close. I'm sure that it would make their fair wines taste much better.

The wife started with the best dish of the evening, a special Japanese seafood medley, stir-fried (but not crispy) in a wok with a spicy ponzu/miso sauce. Delicious. However, for $16.95 we got 1 scallop, 3 medium shrimp, 5 calimari tentacles and a handful of calimari rings. Hardly a bargain (and the servers don't announce the prices of the specials). The hearts of romaine salad with Maytag blu cheese dressing was delicious ($10.50); the romaine was cold and crisp and the dressing was creamy with that sublime Maytag flavor. A winner but again a bit pricey.

The wife's crispy-skinned Atlantic salmon ($22.00) (ordered rare to medium rare) was fine, but came medium well. Perhaps this was a result of crisping the skin. The truffle mashed with chives were excellent, light and fluffy. I had to decide between the provincial herb crusted rack of lamb ($25) and the special braised lamb shank ($22). After the seafood medley experience I asked how many ribs there were in the "rack" of lamb and was floored when the server told me with a straight face that there were 2. Of course, you did also get potatos Anna. So I went with the shank ($22), with roasted acorn squash stuffed with a mixed veggie ratatouille. Pretty good flavors on the veggies, but, perhaps because the place seems to cater to an older crowd, everything was seriously undersalted. The meat fell off the shank but had little flavor and was a tad dry. It was sauced with plain lamb jus, not braising liquid, which also lacked deep, rich lamb flavor. The meat need salt big time.

Dessert was choc souffle ($8). It was almost like a fudge brownie, very cakey.

The total = $141.00, excluding tip. I guess we were paying for the proximity to the theater. I wouldn't return.

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