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Brooklyn Restaurant Week - Applewood Review

south sloper | Apr 5, 2006 11:56 AM

We had a lovely meal at Applewood last night. We did not even realize it was restaurant week so we were surprised at how crowded it was on a Tuesday night.

They had the basic restaurant week menu which consisted of soup or salad, entree of duck breast and something else, and dessert of some sort of cake and something else for $20.06. The reason I can't really remember is that they also had tons of supplemental items. i.e. apps: mushroom ragout ($8), and scallops ($10), entree: Pork shoulder ($10 extra), cheese plate ($8) and chocolate souffle ($4) extra.

Dinner was excellent. The highlights were the lovely duck breast, perfectly done so that it was still juicy and tender. The excellent mushroom ragout over polenta and the chocolate souffle. I also tasted the pork shoulder with braised lentils, which was also very good and the mushroom risotto which was good but slightly salty for my taste. The chocolate souffle was excellent, I didn't taste the cheese tray, but it includes Applewood's signature "cheesecake" of blue cheese, cream cheese, and some other something, then baked in a water bath. The only disappointment was the butternut squash soup which was more cream than squash.

We also had a bottle of the rioja ($32) and 3 additional glasses of the rioja at ($8) each. Overall, we spent about $240 for 4 people (including tip).

Service was congenial, with a few lapses, which I'm sure had to do with the influx of restaurant week.

Overall a great experience. I will definitely be heading back.

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