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Brasserie Perrier RW - Long


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Brasserie Perrier RW - Long

HamsonPhilly | Feb 22, 2006 06:22 PM

I am slightly conflicted about my RW experience at Brasserie Perrier. I have been to BP during restaurant week several times, as well as other times during the year, and have always been impressed by the food.

For appetizers, the escargot was quite good as usual, although I prefer the brioche crouton on which it was anchored last time to the goat cheese crostini that topped it this time. The quiche lorraine appetizer was also good.

For entrees, the sea bass was absolutely sublime. It was perfectly prepared with delicate, tender flesh topped by a crispy, salty skin. It rested on a bed of bok choy and orzo in a ginger cream sauce. The orzo required no chewing as it simply melted in my mouth. The salmon was great, but it did not compare to the sea bass.

Desserts were a bit uninspired, but good. The cheesecake easily trumped the ubiquitous molten chocolate cake (which required supplemental payment).

So, why am I conflicted if the food was good? I am well aware that portions are typically smaller during restaurant week, and I generally view this as a good thing since I don't have a huge appetite and prefer to enjoy three smaller courses without feeling bloated. However, this time, I actually left the restaurant hungry, as my seabass was absurdly small. To BP's credit, they did not attempt to disguise this fact by overcompensating with the accoutrements, and the overall dish achieved a lovely balance and aesthetic. But, it was an appetizer at best. In retrospect, I would have preferred to pay more for an actual entree-sized portion and skip dessert.

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