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2941 with Bertrand Chemel Review

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2941 with Bertrand Chemel Review

daves_32 | Mar 17, 2008 12:01 PM

As promised, my review of lunch this afternoon at 2941, now under the eyes of Bertrand Chemel.

My boss treated me to the meal as part of my yearly review at my job. We took reservations at 11:45 and sat down to a dining room that was about a third full.

The valet was immediately at the car and the hostess was very bright. the hostess made the guest feel special. Upon sitting down, our waiter was quickly there to take our drink orders. we both had water, which was attentively filled. He returned to take our order and kindly suggested several of his favorites and the chef specialties. I was pretty well decided already so i wasn't really paying attention but he took the time to go over the options. My boss (Dining companion=DC) ordered the mixed greens salad wrapped in English cucumber and I had the lightly smoked salmon appetizer. DC said the cucumber was over-salted and there were just too many greens. it looks cool, though. Mine was out of this world delicious. it was chopped salmon that had been lightly smoked. then it was piled in a nice round. the top was finished with some sprouts, perhaps alfalfa and then a few sliced radishes and a couple potato croquettes. I thought the croquettes were a bit overkill because they tasted like a french fry which was contrary to the light and airy theme of the salmon. the salmon was fresh, flavorful, and had just enough tart/sourness from a splash of lemon.

for the main course, DC had veal schnitzel. she said it was tasty but did not say much more about it. it seemed a little uninspired to me. for the main course, i had the duck breast with jerusalem artichokes, swiss chard, and orange glaze and jus. The duck breast was a little fatty but it is duck so it is to be expected. it was, however, well prepared and presented nicely. the orange glaze that encrusted each slice of the duck was a really nice taste and the citrus taste was a well done combination. The Jerusalem artichoke had a butter/white wine type sauce on it which was nice and light, but did not add much to the flavor. the artichoke pieces added little to the dish. The swiss chard was a nice idea because of the saltiness of the swiss chard paired well to the sweetness of the orange glaze.

For dessert, DC had coffee and a caramel dessert. Carmelized Pecan Tart is what it was called. it looked like a small tiramisu and looked like a nice piece of cake. DC said it just had a lot of caramel and it seemed difficult to eat. I had a nice fruit dessert. it had diced pineapples, kiwi, and other tropical fruits. it was called COCONUT PASSION VACHERIN
and had lime meringue, tropical fruits minestrone. the merinque was a little tasteless but well created. the ice cream scoop was nice. it was a nice fruit dessert but not too impressive. it was tasty, though, and really hit the spot for me.

the breads I had were: sourdough which was ok, cranberry and cinnamon sugar maybe which was REALLY nice, olive which was typical, and sun dried tomato which was strong but good. the bread was good but could use a bit more variety. there was a brown one that i did not try.

Overall, it was very nice. I would recommend it but it seems like the price point commanded was due in large part to the atmosphere. it is a gorgeous space. when i go again, i will try all new items except the salmon.

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