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Craigie St. Bistrot review


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Craigie St. Bistrot review

alex | May 20, 2003 09:11 AM

Went to Craigie on friday night, for the 30$ prix fixe that they have after 9 p.m. It was comfortably busy and the cozy room smelled wonderful. Waitstaff brought us glasses of wine as we waited, Lillet on ice perfect start.
Everything on the menu looked so good we decided we'd get one prix fixe and the other choices, and swap dinners (as we usually do, anyway). Soup came first, this was *the best* part of dinner. Spring parsnip puree with chili oil drizzled over the top, with a few sqare lardons in there too. So rich and wonderful. The soup was creamy the lardons were salty the oil was tangy. I'm hungry for this at 9 a.m! So the prix fixe included this soup, and hangar steak, with a wine sauce reduction, delicious, meat very rare. But somehow just right, as if it had hit the perfect temperature to make the consistency perfect. Very good mashed potatoes, I think made with buttermilk. I had monkfish which had the consistency of lobster meat, very dense and sweet. Also with a butter sauce (at this point things were getting a little *too* rich, as French food indulgently does, but we pushed on ;)) Also with very good little asparagus spears.
P.F. included a dessert that we split, it was disappointing. Supposed to be spring fruit tart, it was a fall tart with apples, raisins, cinnamon etc. Okay. The homemade ice cream (creme fraiche flavor) was the best part of that.
Waiter was great, everyone very nice and right-on. We asked for a ~35$ bottle of wine and he recommended a 26$ bottle, which was really great of him, but then we didn't like it as much as we thought we would. Total with a tip was 125$, I think....
Overall everything was great, another "recommender"!

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