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Bar Room at The Modern: Report

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Bar Room at The Modern: Report

Deenso | Jul 13, 2005 10:53 AM

We (a party of 3) went to the Bar Room for a post-theatre supper last night. The service was excellent and we had a wonderful meal. At 10:30 p.m., the crowd had thinned out considerably and the noise level was not a concern; conversation at the table was easy.

For starters, we had: 1) Fines Herbes Salad with roasted bacon-wrapped goat cheese; 2) Foie Gras Torchon with muscat gelee & toasted country bread; and 3) Charred Octopus with warm potato salad. Our guest had the salad, which looked lovely and must have tasted the same, as she didn't leave anything on her plate. My husband had the octopus and he generously shared a few bites with me - tender, nicely seasoned, left you wanting more. I had the foie gras and it was perfection - just enough to satisfy and not so much that I felt (too) guilty about my diet.

Second courses: 1) the octopus again - this time for our guest; 2) Poussin with caramelized vegetables and shallot coulis; and 3) Duck Confit with roasted potatoes. I never even tasted my husband's baby chicken, but he also left a clean plate and there was a lot of mmmm-ing. As he put it after his first bite, "This one's a hummer." The duck confit was, again, wonderful - crisp and salty skin, tender shreds of duck and a little pile of toothsome, thick slices of potato.

You know how some restaurants don't put salt and pepper on the table and make you ask for it? At this place, the shakers are on the table and might as well not be. Everything we ordered was precisely and perfectly seasoned.

Another great thing about the dishes served in the Bar Room is that they're relatively small. So, after the three of us had each had 2 dishes, we still felt like we could eat a little dessert, but ordered just one to share: Beignets with maple ice cream, caramel and citrus mango marmelade. Oh, my.

We shared a $40 bottle of Rioja with the meal and our total, before tip, was $156.

This place is a definite keeper.

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