Went to Auberge tonight for a group dinner for 8 and was more than happy with the results. Dinner was superb from start to finish and was much better then our previous (Summerlicious 2005) experience. To start I had the foie gras (pan seared on a warm potato salad with poached quail egg and truffle jus) which was outstanding. Also sampled the 'creme de homard' which was equally as good, a healthy amount of lobster meat under a rich and creamy lobster soup. My main was the butter poached lobster served under a light and frothy tarragon cream sauce and a braised endive/citrus salad... perfectly executed if a bit on the rich side, to be expected though. The beef tenderloin with wild mushroom croquette, roasted lamb loin, and roast chicken were also thoroughly enjoyed by all. Desserts were also excellent with the 'chocolat' of warm chocolate cake with creme fraiche ice cream and coconut cream crepe being favourites. The wine list also impressed and our choices (a viognier and cab sauv from California, both around $50) were a definite hit.
I must say I was surprised by the overall quality of the dishes/flavours, presentation, execution, and service given it was the first night of Winterlicious. I expected a rushed experience and a packed house, but the service was excellent from start to finish and the food definitely impressed. I haven't heard much in the way of reviews on Auberge of late but it was noticeably better then our dinner at Scaramouche two weeks ago (which itself was also quite good). I guess it goes to show that a great dining experience can be had at a Winterlicious venue if you stick with the regular menu... there is definitely some life left after all the years at Auberge.