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AOC - review

jacinthe | Jan 6, 200404:51 PM

Only a few more meals to post..

This is my boyfriend's and my favourite restaurant, since we first came here last January. It was the meal we'd been looking forward to all weekend. We were in the front room - it was brighter than I remember it being, but the last several times we've been here we've been seated upstairs on the outside patio, so maybe I'm just imagining things.

*parmesan-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. Always a winner. Six plump little dates, oozing with cheese, offset by the saltiness of the bacon. Can't praise this dish enough.
*caesar salad with radicchio and another lettuce. This was not fancy, but the dressing was absolutely lovely. Could definitely taste the anchovies in it.
*manila clams in sherry and something else. It was good, but not stunning. Perhaps least favourite of the night.
*squab with pomegranate seeds and sweet potatoes. Poor little bird arrived on its dish, wings/legs outstretched as if it were ready for dissection. It was tasty, though. Pomegranate seeds added further depth, both in terms of flavour and texture, to the dish. Sweet potatoes were lightly pan-fried and also a good complement.
*suckling pig with beluga lentils. This was by far and away my favourite dish of the night. I love suckling pig, and they did it well. A little squat cylinder, with the crunchy rind on top, delicate strands of pork underneath. Beluga lentils were great too.

For dessert we got the panna cotta with fig confit. I'm a big fan of panna cotta, and this one was just divine. It was atop a drizzled pool of a concentrated fig syrup. Absolutely yummy. We fought over the last several bites.

Service this time, however, was much slower than it usually is. Not sure why. It was a Sunday evening, and by the time we left, the restaurant was about half full. We received each dish one at a time, as opposed to in flights, as we usually do, and there was an inordinate delay between the clams and squab. (Maybe the pig ate the squab, we speculated, and was running around the kitchen, squealing and wreaking havoc.) With a carafe of a Spanish white, I think it came to under $100 (not sure, didn't see the check.). I always love this place, for their tasty food, great wine, and great people-watching opportunities. It's one of the few places I'll happily return to as often as I can.

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