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Boulevard 572, Kenilworth

Yellowshirt | Jan 31, 2010 01:43 PM

Last Friday the wife and I decide to give this restaurant a try after hearing some good reviews.
We were very pleasantly surprised!

The restaurant has a very warm, cozy lounge/bar area. Nice bar, some tall tables and a few "couches". A very nice place to have a glass of wine on a cold winter evening before dinner. Bar had a full compliment of liquors( including my favorite Double Cross vodka with blue cheese stuffed olives!)) as well as a well rounded list of wines by the glass.

We were seated in the "Wine Room". While the menu had a number of good offerings and there were some specials, we decided to go with the chef's tasting menu. $75 for four courses with wines...a great value

We were started with a crab "amuse bouche" which was more sized like an appetizer than an "amuse bouche" along with a champagne cocktail. Crab was flavoful and fresh, served with mango and other citrus fruits. Along with the champagne a great light way to start the meal.

I chose the seared foie gras with a fig compote for my second course. Foie gras was perfectly cooked however not sure what they did because the inside was stone cold..it was nonetheless a good dish. Wife had pumpkin ravoli with chantarelles and marscapone froth...really good! WIne pairings for both were spot on.

Main course for me was the red snapper..perfectly prepared nice sized portion of very fresh and flavorful snapper. Wife had the filet mignon with blue cheese...again appropriate sized portion perfectly cooked.

For dessert, my wife had the macerated berries with sorbet...fresh berries with refreshing sorbet, great way to end a meal. I had a chocolate caramel tart with just a touch of salt...I am not a dessert person but would definatly order this again.

We were both very impressed with the service. Attentive but not intrusive, well polished, took time to explain dishes when asked, had the wine served BEFORE the food which is (in my opinion) the way to serve so the diner can taste and enjoy the wine without the food then enjoy with the food. (OK I admit a pet peeve of mine with tasting menus...I do not like when the wine comes after the food has arrived)

Bottom line...the reviews were correct. "Everyday gourmet" is a good moniker for this restaurant. The menu is varied and affordably priced...this is not a once a year special occasion snobby restaurant, but one with well prepared fare and a welcoming atmosphere...one that we will continue to frequent.

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