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Dinner last night at Chez Henri

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Dinner last night at Chez Henri

peelmeagrape | Feb 23, 2006 02:07 PM

Stopped early at Chez Henri for a couple of their wonderful mojitos, with the intention of heading elsewhere for dinner. My DC loved the ambiance and service so much we decided to stay for dinner. We were anticipating a crowd but it was actually very quiet when we arrived and, though it was still early, there were plenty of seats at the bar when we left.

My whole shrimp app was fantastic. Big, meaty shrimp with spicy sauce and a couple of pieces of lightly battered and fried avocado on cilantro mayonnaise-dressed greens. My DC thought his oysters were fine but not sensational. For mains we shared the duck legs with kumquats and the plaintain-crusted mahi mahi. The mahi mahi was soooo good! The plaintain crust was a great idea that translated well (nicely crispy) in the execution. The coconut rice steamed in a banana leaf was absolutely delish - and I don't really like rice. The duck had a perfectly crispy skin and nicely moist meat I appreciated the unusual rice accompaniment. (Makes me realize that most restaurants could be so much more creative with their starch sides.) For dessert we shared the delectable chocolate and chile torte. The banana ice cream and peanut brittle cut the richness and kept the flavors lively. Total before tip (including several mojitos) was about $120.

The food at Chez Henri reminds me of what I like about East Coast Grill, without the things I don't like about it: tropical flavors and really fresh fish at both places but more carefully cooked and presented food, with some heat but without hellish spice at CH. I also prefer the cozy, polished atmosphere and unrushed service at CH. All in all, a great experience.

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