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Dinner at Pinot Provence last Night

torta basilica | Aug 29, 200303:44 PM

Wanted a nice pre- 'Chicago' dinner last night w/ parking & decided on Pinot Provence (in Westin Hotel, Costa Mesa). 2 Adults & 1 12 year old. None too warm welcome. Waitress was very nice, but totally overworked. Guys got their martinis, but we waited over 20 mins. just to order wine & then much longer to receive. Waitress was very enthusiastic over our wine choice - a Graves Chateau something beginning with a G Lacoste - for $37!! I was worried about this low of a price point, but she assured us it was light & wonderful & it was. Gazpacho was good, big eye tuna appetizer, although chopped up like poke, was very tasty. The sauteed foie gras in a balsamic reduction was nice, but nothing stellar - a few chunks of fatty bits on it that should have been removed, tho. Ordered 2 of the sauteed lobsters & they were nothing to write home about, but the asparagus accompanying was my perfect al dente - I'm so tired of it so barely blanched that you need a steak knife to saw through. Mom had fish & said it was just ok. Best bit of evening was the macadamia mango millefeulle (sp?) with a mascarpone cream filling & unbelieveably delicious passion fruit sorbet. Bill for 5 seemed very reasonable, but pre-theater service (and I realize this is a tough time for restaurants, but... should be prepared) woefully understaffed & main courses just not that exciting or flavorful.

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