Restaurants & Bars 3

Brasserie Tatin

pleiades | Dec 27, 2005 07:59 PM

Went for dinner (finally) tonight, knowing that many on the board were unimpressed. And I have to say, I think maybe they've got their game together. Now granted, it was not busy tonight (they report that Thurs-Sun is still pretty crazy), but we had a good meal. Started with the Fruits de Mer appy, which featured huge steamed shrimp, tasty oysters, sweet little clams and bay scallops, and a few crayfish as well. All good, all vanished in 5 minutes. I had the grilled salmon, despite my general aversion to the stuff in restaurants. It was perfectly cooked, not too big, with an earthy bed of wild mushrooms and prusciutto (did I spell that right? probably not. I have no brain for Italian). The meat brought a nice, understated salinity to the dish. Wife, who is no stranger to venison, declared her medallions "the best venison I've had in a long while." !!! Really? I can't say, since I wasn't afforded the opportunity to try it without risking a hand, or at least a finger.

One gripe. 18 French Reds? That's it? That's bullcrap. There's too much Chile/Argentina/Spain/Oz/California on this list. Not that the wines are bad, but the francophilic focus of the menu is pretty much AWOL from the list. With the French radio in the background and French owners and managers to greet me, I was in the mood for French wine, and it was just kind of slim pickins.

But anyways, it isn't a huge gripe, I certainly found something to drink. I just think there's room in town for another disneyland french wine list other than just you-know-who.

Genuinely looking forward to another visit to gauge whether tonight was a fluke, or if the place is coming together.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound