Restaurants & Bars 7

Chez Pascal--WOW

SeaSide Tomato | Jan 27, 200812:56 PM

Oh Lord--dined there last night and loved it, loved it, loved it!

We shared the pate and chacouterie app along with the escargot. Both were out of this world! The pates,mousse and brats were home made and just delicious. The escargot (which I've often found to be cooked into a sad rubbery state at other establishments) were a tender, garlicky, buttery revalation! So good.

We had planned to split the warm cabbage salad (of which I'd read good things on this board) but we knew that wouldl be just too, too much --because we still had a half roast duck (my pick) and the steak (Dc's pick) to come.

Well, the duck was wonderful--a lovely medium rare breast and leg--tasty with a cassia bud sauce--yum! and a great combinathion of mashed potatoes and cauliflower which was different and good--the cauliflower adding just a hint of bitterness ot offset the rich duck. I was in heaven. And I must say, until this meal my best-ever duck dish (of an embarrassing amount of duck dishes) had been at Hammersly's. While that's still the top duck, this one just may be a tie. It was that good.

DC's steak (I believe it was called "teres," a cut from the shoulder) was tender and flavorful--a great dish with a lovely potato gratin accompaniment.

Now, we were happily beyond sated at this point. Somehow, we felt we must try dessert. (that was proabably the cocktails and wine--also great--talking). I should be ashamed to say we did go for dessert--but it was a rare special treat, this meal--so I won't be ashamed. Instead I will report that both the trios of custards and chocolates were wonderful.

This was a top ten--maybe even a top five meal for me. That is high praise--and very well deserved!!

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