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L & E, Chester, CT

dennisl | Dec 31, 2011 01:02 PM

Was here last night (husband took me for an early birthday dinner.)
We were seated promptly, though we were up against a wall and seating
was tight. Ordered a 2009 Bordeaux, sommelier brought a 2011 Chardonney.
Proper wine was served, but was cold from the cellar.
Starters were: 3 Chatham oysters with California sturgeon and mignonette
sauce, clean flavors, very fresh. My starter was handmade fettuccine
with hedgehog mushrooms and a cream sauce. It was nice, though nothing special.
DH had quail with stuffing, sauce he described as 'sweet and sour,' and a
fig glaze on top. His favorite main dish in quite a while. I had steak frites,
and while it wasn't the best I've ever had, it was close. Hot, crisp frites, steak
(rare as ordered) with a red wine/tarragon reduction. Plate had about 6
green beans on the plate mostly for garnish, but these, too were cooked
perfectly.
Initially we were disappointed with the dessert choices (no cheese plate
in a French restaurant?!) They pleasantly offered to make one up,
serving it with bread, dried apricots and figs. The real star of the meal
was our other dessert: Anjou pears poached in a cinnamon wine sauce,
with goat cheese and walnut ice cream. Though we didn't taste the goat
cheese at all, it was wonderful.
Good service, though our waitress never checked with us after we got
our entrees, and the wine issue, not-withstanding. We will go back.

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