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8 Days of Eats - GAYLE report

SteveR | Jun 22, 2006 08:31 PM

8 Days of Eats – GAYLE report

We dined tonight for the first time at Daniel Stern’s Gayle Restaurant, enticed by the $30. “8 Days of Eats”(EDOE) promotion. The food was excellent though some courses resembled “small plates” and, though business seems to good for him, we probably won’t return in the near future. There are just too many other choices. That said – remember it wasn’t bad, just not great for us – I wanted to summarize what the special menu is for those planning to go.

As you may know, Gayle offers a 3-course meal Monday – Thursday for $45.00 and a five course meal Monday-Saturday for $65.00. The “EDOE” menu consisted of 3 three items from the regular menu for each of the three courses.

For starters there was a “Green Gazpacho” with lots of Tarragon in it and garlic. It was tasty and a substantial portion (my dining partner had that). Gayle salad (a bowl of field greens with chopped veggies) was the second option (we did not choose it) and “Risotto Fingers with Truffle Soy” was my choice. The three small fried fritter of risotto (each about size of “tater tot” were tasty and were accompanied by a superb sauce made of truffle oil, soy and probably cream. I used the fresh rolls to sop up each morsel of the sauce.

For entrees there was Monkfish served with monkfish fritters. (we did not order but saw that there were two small filets in a light sauce.. on a plate with no veggies.), Salmon with spinach – I think – which was served in a large bowl with a liquid broth. (we didn’t choose that either.) At waitresses suggestion we both order the “Purple and Green Chicken”. It was described as a “half of a chicken with a beet puree and green broccoli florets”. What we received as a boned half of a small capon (I think based on leg bone size) with only the leg bone and no wing. (No other starch or vegetable. The sauce was delicious and colorful (though I think one Broccoli floret was used for the whole dining room ). This was the most substantial of the entrees and we were glad we ordered it. (and again another roll to not leave any sauce.).

For dessert there were three choices. A chocolate goat cheese cake which was an adequate size slice and looked good. Another dessert, which I forget but came in a teeny weenie pot. Lots of decoration but only 2 spoons worth and the winner of the evening an Apple Walnut Tart. (It was called “pie”) in a metal shell served with – are you ready – Vanilla Thyme ice cream. It was great! Though the air conditioning was on the room was warm and the ice cream (in the side dish) melted almost instantly. But the flavors were great. They have a liquor license but we did not drink. Most wines were in the $9.00/glass range. Because of the heat, we just stuck to water.

They young wait staff (I think all were under 30) were friendly and attentive. The room has tile floors and hard walls so it was fairly noisy but we were at the front which was a bit quieter. They were seating folks outside on the back patio as well, though tonight it was much to hot and humid for that IMHO. I couldn’t tell if Stern was actually there tonight doing the cooking. I didn’t recognize anyone who looked like the family pictures on the walls of the restaurant or the rest room.

Well, there you have it. If you are going this week, I’d recommend the Gazpacho or the Risotto Fingers (get an extra roll or two for the sauce), the Chicken or maybe the Salmon (for the sauce) and the Apple Tart. (I’m a chocolate lover but I’m glad I got the tart.)

I’m hoping others will post their comments as well.

Steve R

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