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AOC Bedford Review

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AOC Bedford Review

MMRuth | Nov 23, 2005 09:26 AM

Have been wanting to go here for a while and decided to go for a nice cozy dinner in the Village last night as my DH is going to be travelling for work over Thanksgiving. Got a table at AOC Bedford for 6:30, which allowed us to take advantage of their BYOB policy from Sun - Thurs before 7pm.

Arrived in out of the cold through the velvet curtains at the entrance which prevented a chill coming through every time someone came in or out. The room is cozy and charming. They took our coats and the bottle of wine, sat us and offered an aperitif - I had a Kir Royale and DH had a Lillet (which they keep chilled, a nice touch compared to many places where they then serve it on ice). Soon after, some AMAZING bread arrived (from Blue Ribbon Bakery next door) along with a little tray with ceramic dishes with butter, olive oil, sea salt, and some kind of ground red pepper.

They have a prix fixe - $25 or $30 for three courses - a nice selection, but we opted for ordering a la carte. I had a fantastic terrine de foie gras with a syruping fig reduction to start, and then three beautiful lamb chops with a meat reduction and a mint oil, served with a potato cake (like a potato au gratin). My husband had a Moroccan influenced dish, with shredded duck seasoned with tumeric wrapped in phyllo and served on a bed of pureed curried carrots to start. As a main course he had the filet with spatzle. All dishes were excellent and interesting. For dessert, we had tarte tatin and creme brulee, with calvados and a prune eau de vie.

The service was attentive and friendly. The room filled up while we were there - there was a table of or 6 doing their own blind wine tasting. Our wine, a St. Emilion Grand Cru was decanted for us. Tab, sans our bottle, was $200 - $148 base, plus tax and tip.

We were at Aureole last week, and for what its worth, I'd much rather go here.

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