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Auberge de Pommier - review


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Auberge de Pommier - review

sunburn | Apr 24, 2005 08:02 PM

Went here last Wednesday and was a little disappointed.

Started with an amuse bouche - a tomato and fruit salsa on some sort of chip. Nice.

The appetizers were generally good - I had the escargot - served with mushrooms wrapped in cabbage. Good but it didn't add very much to the escargot experience. My mother had the fois gras which she said was excellent. The wild mushroom soup was good but we had better at Jump during winterlicious. The Ceasar-like salad came with whole anchovies, lentils (seems to be a popular addition these days), and quail eggs. On the whole it was boring and lacked zip.

I had the seared tuna and steak tartare for the main course. The steak was excellent - mildly spicy - but the tuna seemed like it had been sitting for a while and the outside lacked any crispness. It would have been better completely raw. I was told by my mother that the lobster salad was outstanding and others liked the pheasant and the grouper. Nothing looked too creative though.

We had desert also - I had three flavours of creme brulee - each came with some candied fruit on the top.
Tasty but once again not very impressive.

My main disappointment was the service. Our table lacked a tablecloth, our waitress was often nowhere to be found, they forgot someone's order, it was difficult to pay the bill etc, etc.
Also the room itself was boring other than the awful paintings (think brown and red depictions of pastoral settings). This place could use a designer. White painted stone walls are just too common. The cottage is cute but the location is not - located in the middle of parking lot next to tall corporate office buildings.

For the price (between 30 and 50 for an entree) I would not return nor recommend it to others. The Fifth is similar and I enjoyed it much more.

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