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Ducey's on the Lake/Bass Lake

kim c | Aug 4, 200403:29 PM

Business took us this area yesterday and we decided to go to our favorite place in the area, Ducey's on the Lake. I waited all day for this great place, located at the Pines Resort in Bass Lake, CA

We took a bottle of a very nice red that we had picked up in Grant's Pass, OR at the Abacela winery, 2002 Grenache that I wanted to have with one of my favorite entress there, the salmon wellington.

We arrived and were promptly seated at the back of the restaurant with gorgeous. panoramic views of the lake. We decided on the artichoke hearts for an appetizer, they were wonderful along with warm, homemade sourdough bread.

I had the ceasar salad which was very good with lots of parmesean cheese and generous portions of romaine lettuce.

Then came the disappointment, our entrees. When I looked at the plate, I knew immediately that the Executive Chef Christian Mueller was not cooking that night. The pastry that the salmon was in was over-cooked and a little burnt and once I cut into it, the whole thing looked different than what I had before. The quality just wasn't there. My sides were red potatoes and steamed veggies, that looked frozen and heated up and the potatoes were crispy and over-cooked.

My husband had the mixed grill which was shrimp, chicken and a nice filet mignon which he was disapponited with also. He said the steak was good, but not up to the usual quality. We didn't even order dessert, but really enjoyed the ambiance and the wine was fantastic! Our bill was around $70 and this was with an $11 off coupon that I had.

I asked the server who was in the kitchen and she named off two guys but said Christian had been there earlier in the day and that he doesn't cook too much anymore. The menu also changed five months ago and took away the brie wellington that I adored and the Mahi Mahi.

I'm hoping this was just an "off-night" and will still return again to find out. I was just disappointed with this meal, as all of our other meals there have been very good.

After dinner we went out on the deck and relaxed and I got some reading in while we watched all the boat activity and tourists enjoying the lake which was fun. Bon appetit! ***kim***

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