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Thanks to all you Chowhounds! (long!)

Kristine | Apr 20, 2004 11:24 PM

Last month I posted and asked you for your input on where to spend my Birthday, after the votes were counted Delfina was the winner, I had never been there before and now I'm regretting that it took me so long to get there. I've missed out on years of the pleasure of eating at Delfia and now I feel I must make up for it.

It was just wonderful, all of it (we even found parking!). We arrived just before our 7:00 reservation and were directed to the bar, by the time our drinks were served we were led to our table. Our waitress was very knowlegeble about the wines as well as the food, friendly, attentive, you could just tell she wanted our time there to be perfect and it pretty much was. I just wish I'd gotten her name.

The appitizers we chose were the Hawaiian shrimp and white bean salad and the grilled octopus with potatoes. Both were great, we sopped up every last bit of the olive oil in the shrimp dish wih the great rustic bread from Tartaine, and we've never had octopus so tender. It was an impressive start.

Next came the pastas, spaghetti with plum tomatoes and a wild nettlte tagliotini. Oh my! I only now realize how limited my vocbulary is when it comes to describing great food. The spaghetti was perfect in its simplicity, the wild nettle pasta was outstanding,
dark green, it had an earthy, deep flavor without being medicinal or overpowering. Both dishes done to a perfect al dente.

For our main courses we had the roasted chicken and braised lamb shank. The chicken was the moistest bird I had ever had, It came with some rather bland looking mashed potatoes but when I tried them they were suprisingly flavorful. The lamb shank was a little smaller than the Flintstone size portions I been served at other restaurants but it was fall off the bone tender and came with glazed carrots that were like candy. The lamb shank also came with polenta, I'm usually not a big polenta fan but I could have this every day. It was so creamy and rich I wondered why I had never enjoyed polenta as much before, I guess I'd just never had it done right.

We were more than satisfied by this time, but I'm not gonna let a little thing like being full stop me from having desert on my Birthday! I had the Scharffenberger warm chocolate cake. It could have been bigger and gooeyer (is that a word?) but it was good all the same. My boyfriend had the buttermilk panna cotta, it was wonderful, subtle flavor in a silky mold. This was truly sinful.

All in all it was a great night I just wanted to thank everyone who posts on this board, it is such a valuable resource to have in a city riddled with restaurants. I'm tired of spending my money at restaurants that are mediocre at best. Chowhound is an "insiders guide" on great finds. If it weren't for you guys I'd have probably just gone to Aziza agian for the 100th time (not that there's anything wrong with that!) Thank you all for making my Birthday truly memorable.

Kristine

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