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bacar, another review (long)

Fatemeh | Jan 28, 200504:55 PM

This past Wednesday night, I headed to bacar for dinner with a colleague. I've linked below to my review on my blog which includes service and wine details, but the gist of the food is as follows:

I started with an incredibly delicious Caesar Salad ($10). It was very easy on the anchovies, but the cheese was well-aged and the dressing was superb.

M had the Seared Dayboat Scallops ($17). This was three enormous scallops served with baby fennel, olive tapenade and celeriac nage and, while I didn't get a taste, M said they were amazing.

We were brought our amuse BETWEEN courses (either a faux pas, or the kitchen was backed up). It was a small salad of apples, Bleu D'auvergne & candied walnuts. Refreshing with nice, bright flavors.

I was torn between the Painted Hills Ribeye Steak ($32) and the Liberty Farms Duck Breast ($26), but ultimately settled on the duck. It was a miniscule breast - maybe 6 small medallions - cooked nicely rare and properly gamey. I can't stand duck that doesn't TASTE like duck. The potato cake (pretty much a thick latke) and the roasted brussel sprouts were incredibly good. However, the tangerine-cranberry glace was a terribly jarring counterpoint to the duck. It was too tart and didn't compliment the more traditional flavors of the potato and brussel sprouts.

M had the Kurobota Pork Chop ($27), served with a sweet potato mash and mango pineapple chutney. The pork itself was sweet and flavorful, and went beautifully with the pineapple in the chutney. I didn't sample the mash.

For dessert, I had been planning to get the Caramel Panna Cotta I'd seen on the DAT menu, but it wasn't offered on the regular menu. I adore panna cotta, so I asked our waitress if it was available. She said it was, but that it wasn't her favorite. I could see that it might have been subpar if it was prepared solely for the DAT menu, so I ordered the Caramel Chocolate Tart ($9.50) instead. This was a really unique dessert - the crust, which was more like a "cup" to hold the small amount of filling, was made of shortbread. Perhaps a bit too dry, but extremely flavorful, and BIG points for uniqueness. The filling was a rather mild chocolate (I would have preferred a deeply bittersweet chocolate), but the caramel was silky with nice, deep flavor. The fromage blanc gelato was wonderful as well, but again, not quite the right compliment for the flavors in the tart.

M's White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding ($9) was ridiculously rich and very good. This was served with a goodly amount of whipped cream, but it would have benefitted much more from a scoop of that fromage blanc gelato.

I did enjoy my meal at bacar, but there were definitely some flavor-pairing inconsistencies.


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