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so-so dinner at Aspasia


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so-so dinner at Aspasia

A Fish Called Wanda | Apr 24, 2005 05:36 PM

After hearing that Aspasia offers 3 course prix-fixe on weeknights (including friday) for $28, we decided to try it. This place is 5 minutes from our house and we so wanted it to be good. The tiny dining room is cozy and comfortable. The menu looked great, but the food was completely tasteless. The prix-fixe included an artichoke soup, a salad, and a choise of halibut or duck. Every single dish was either underseasoned or completely unseasoned. We asked for salt since it wasn't on the table. This made the food quite good, but it still didn't have that balance that is only achieved by seasoning during cooking.

The highlights were a nicely dressed salad with parmesan crisps, and well seared halibut. The soup was kind of blah, the peas that came with halibut were practically raw, and duck was chewy. We were with friends and felt like linguering over coffee, so we ordered desserts. This was a whole new level of low. The lemon tart had a tough crust that was almost 1/2 inch thick. If they served me a lemon bar, I'd be much happier. The lovely mango sorbet on top of the tart rescued it from being a complete disaster. The coffee creme brulee had a nice flavor, but a super thick sugar crust that got stuck in your teeth when you ate it. Oh well... and we were hoping it would be like Ten Tables only in our 'hood.

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