Restaurants & Bars 6

Delfina

Aman | Mar 28, 2004 09:27 PM

Went to Delfina last Tuesday with a group of 6, 5 adults and an 11 year old. We had reservations and were seated immediately.

Salads:

Crab salad with grapefruit and endive was good, the best thing we would eat until dessert. Plenty of fresh crab and a nice tangy dressing. Grapefruit went well with it.

There was also an asparagus salad ordered that I didn't try, but got mediocre reviews for those eating it.

Starter:

Grilled Calamari with rice beans. This came highly recommended from this board, the beans were in a truffle oil sauce and were the highlight of the dish. I personally prefer the standard fried calamari to the grilled ones served at delfina.

Entrees:

Spaghetti in Plum Sauce was nothing special, a dash of red chili flakes gave it a kick.

Flatiron Steak was perfectly cooked and tender but lacked any originality and flavor.

The special was grilled lamb stuffed ravioli with a lamb sauce. It sounded great but was a bit of a letdown, but tasty nonetheless.

Squash Risoto was great for the first few bites but but we tired of it fairly quickly.

Desserts:

Everyone agreed these were the highlights of the meal. The bittersweet chocolate cake was great served warm.

There was a rich cream dish that reminded me of flan but was much better and had a creamier texture.

Summary:

With one bottle of wine (that I didn't try and therefore can't comment on) the total came to about $50 per person. Overall I thought Delfina was overhyped. It had a cozy yet lively atmosphere, but the food didn't stand up. I'm in no hurry to go back, except maybe for a late evening dessert.

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