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Dinner at ZAX

Just Larry | Jan 5, 2003 01:40 PM

We had dinner at Zax in Brentwood last night. We were promptly seated at out table and ordered a glass of Red Zinfandel and a glass of a Napa Cabernet. Both were very good wines, not typical house reds. We tried the Beet and Orange salad. Lots of really great beets with the citrus tartness to keep it interesting. I also tried the Ahi tartare salad. Good fresh buttery textured Ahi but so much going on in the salad that you really could not taste the fish at all, still enjoyable though. I next tried 2 perfectly seared Scallops in a 2 part squash/zucchini puree. It was quite good, very fresh perfect scallops. I next tried the Crispy Sweetbreads with wild mushrooms. Sweetbreads were excellent but the mushrooms were drenched in Basalmic vinegar and ruined the subtlety of the dish. The Sweet Pea Ravioli is very good with fresh pasta, good sweet flavors, nice. The New York Steak is served with Onion Rings, a good tender piece of meat, perfectly medium rare. We ordered 2 desserts, Apple Tart and Pumpkin Bread Pudding. The apple tart was so sweet that it was inedible, the Pumpkin Bread Pudding was really excellent with a Bourbon Caramel sauce. I am sure that with a few more dinners there I could come up with a great dinner of excellent choices. Prices here are fairly reasonable, appetizers are mostly under 10 dollars and entrees are in the low to mid twenties. Desserts are about 7 dollars. Service was attentive and the chef certainly knows how to cook. He just suffers from the same problem that his former boss at Melisse suffers from, pairing of flavors to create a harmony. I think that it is a good value for the money if you find the gems. Suprisingly on a Saturday night they did not fill up completely and did just one turn of the tables.

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