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Aroma tasting menu review (long)

DB | Feb 17, 200601:21 PM

I ate at Aroma last night and had the tasting menu. Fantastic. It started out with what I assume was the amuse: a fairly standard, but well-prepared tomato and basil bruschetta. Next came a salad of endive, mixed greens, shrimp, calamari, mango, asparagus, and capers, all dressed in a light vinagrette. The ingredients cound random, but it really was one of the tastier salads I've had in a long time and all the seafood was perfectly cooked.

We were then each served a perfectly seared scallop sandwiched in between layers of puff pastry. The plate was covered with an amazing saffron sauce, a few delicious clams, asparagus, and cannelini beans. So yummy.

I think the next course was a mushroom and marscapone timbale that was covered with a sort of crip parmesean crust and served atop a gorgonzola sauce. Rich and wonderful.

Then came three delicious tortelini stuffed with
ricotta and served with a four cheese sauce.

Next: a small cut of filet, again cooked perfectly, served with a cheesy risotto and some sort of wine reduction. The leaness of the filet really worked well with the richness of the risotto and the sauce.

Finally, for dessert we were served a drunken pear stuffed with marscapone and served with another wonderful wine reduction, strawberries, and more marscapone. Like the pear, we were stuffed. The service was excellent and the chef came out at the end of the meal to talk with us.

Other people who have commented that the space is lacking, you're right. That and the fact that our table was very near the front entrance and consequently kind of drafty, were really the only negatives about the experience. Oh, and the tasting menu is $45 per person, a ridiculous steal for the quality of the food and service. Go, but make sure you have reservations!

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