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Daniel review - disappointed

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Daniel review - disappointed

mark | Oct 26, 2004 01:30 PM

I went last night for my birthday - solo - did the tasting menu with wine pairings. Started with some amuses from the kitchen - the tarlet with goat cheese was really good however the other 3 were duds, to the point of almost seeming stale. The first dish - vension and foie gras terrine - was okay. There were lots of little dabs of things such as port jelly, guince, etc to spread on two slices of warm bread with the venison and foie gras - the dish struck me as a bit fussy - too many pieces to assemble. The wine was a gewurztraminer of some sort - I find these wines too sweet and cloying. The next dish was smoked lobster with a chorizo crust paired with a chardonnay (I think) - this was definitely better but not stellar. The next dish was black cod with smoked sable, paired with another white - this dish had some wonderful moments and all the flavors seemed to come together and play off each other well. The next dish was a lamb dish paired with a red - this was the best dish of the four. For dessert - they brought both dishes on the tasting menu to the table - a chocolate with praline ice cream and a slow roasted pineapple with passion fruit - both were very competent - the pineapple dish edging out the chocolate by a nose. Also a small basket of freshly made madelines, flavored with orange zest and sprinkled with powdered sugar were a nice touch. Service was very professional and they did their best to make me feel comfortable. I was surprised at how busy the restaurant was on a Monday night - way too many dark suits and blue haired wannabees for my taste. It was an expensive night and for what I paid, I should have walked out the door floating on air - I didn't. The dishes seemd to be fumbling over themselves - by the time the meal hit its stride I was already on the last dish - a let down evening overall. In retrospect I feel I should have gone to Sugiyama and sat at the sushi bar.

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