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Aquitaine 3/11

Food4Thought | Mar 11, 2008 07:59 PM

I'll start with the good. The service was excellent, courteous, professional and well timed. I have been pleasantly surprised in what I would consider an upward trend over the last few years. Restaurants seeming to use RW to gain repeat business, provide a varied menu and reasonable "upgrades" to the RW selections. Aquitaine exhibited none of those qualities.

I admit that the onus is on me, during dinner my wife mentioned the RW menu online, which I missed completely, had I seen it, I would have cancelled the reservation.

The menu selection was, well...pathetic; 2 apps, 2 entrees (chicken and salmon) and two deserts a sort of apple tart tatin and mini chocolate souffle. None of the RW options appealed to me.

What bummed me out is that I got pretty excited over the dinner menu they have online. The actual menu however, is the online menu's evil twin, not a single item jumped out at me. I settled on two apps; the onion soup (hey it's a French Bistro, it should be good) and mussels. The soup had melted gruyere and a good amount, not too much, not too little a decent flavor, but it was all crouton, some soup and maybe a tablespoon of onions, I have seriously had better at the 99's.

The mussels themselves were fresh, plump and a bit briny, the broth did nothing for me. I also got the frittes which were cooked on the crisp side ( which I like) but I seemed to get the dregs from the bottom of the fry basket.

My wife had the Fourme d’ambert and Brioche Custard with Chicory,
Red Pear, Walnuts, and Sherry Vinaigrette for her appetizer. Aside from the distinction that Fourme d’ambert is one of France's oldest cheeses, it really contributed nothing to improve the dish. My bite of her Roasted Chicken Breast with Black Truffle Pommes Puree, Haricots Verts, Bay Leaf and Brown Butter Jus, was tender, moist and pretty tasty, but nothing the school cafeteria couldn't pull off on a good day. The tart tatin was a bit on the burnt side but decent.

This was one of those unfortunate occurrences where we were glad we tried Aquitaine during RW as opposed to the full blown $100. a head meal.

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