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Dinner at ambroisie, a disappointment

ellen e | Nov 13, 200210:37 AM

I thought others might find my experience useful.

After many attempts, I was able to secure a table at l'ambroisie this past Saturday evening. I had read with interest the reviews of this restaurant on this and other sites, as well as in many publications.

I think my expectations were too high, or maybe it was just an off night.

It really is a beautiful setting. Quiet, with the tapestries adorning the walls. Perfect crystal, linen, silver and china.

Our amuse bouchee was a fried oyster, sauce remoulade. I love oysters, in any treatment. Although perfectly cooked, the oyster was overpowered by the breading. The remoulade was perfect.

On to appetizers.
I had the foie gras aux epices, chetney de coings. Perfect foie, with a spiced curst that was a great balance to its creamy richness. The chutney a nice change from the usualy sweet accompaniments.

My friend had the lobster ravioli. It was perfectly cooked, and seasoned, but no better than the ravioli at Daniel

On to entrees.
My turbot rotie, echalotes, grises confites au vinaigre balsamique was a disapointment. The turbot was served almost as a chop, the sauce devoid of flavoring ahd the accompanying vegetables overpowering. I did not finish it, nor did anyone arrive to ask how we liked our entrees. I remember dining at Arzak in San Sebastian, not finishing 3 bites of my multi course tasting menu, and Mr. Arzak running out of the kitchedn to ask what was wrong.

My friend's Bar a la emince d' artichaut, beurre leger au caviar was perfect. The epitome of what a 3 star dish should be.

The cheese course although in perfect condition, really didnt challenge or introduce anything new. It was also only about 12 options.

We passed on dessert, having not been overyly thrilled. The petit fours were pedestrian(excepting the chocoloate, which was perfect). Miniature apple tarts and eclaires were unremarkable.

Maybe I was expecting mre. In the past dinig experiences, the three star restauants and two stars, each course was memorable, and not replicable in this country. I do believe my last meal at Daniel and French Laundry were better than this, with better service. We filled our own champagne glasses at least once, and our water glasses ran dry at least once as well.

Maybe I am being overly critical, but at $520 for dinner for two(including a 1996 deutz that was excellent), I feel the right to

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