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Dusty's - review

Clare K. | Jun 13, 2005 06:27 PM

I happened to go to Dusty's for both breakfast AND dinner yesterday (I didn't know ahead of time that both of my dining companions wanted to go to the same place). In any case, a great way to check out both menus...

The brunch menu is quite big and offers a lot of choices that's sure to please most. I ordered the eggs benedict with smoked salmon; I went into full Meg Ryan mode and asked for the eggs to be medium, and the hollandaise be on the side. It came with a side of crisp-baked potatoes. The salmon was a nice, salty contrast to the unsalted egg (which was medium, just like I asked) and their hollandaise was actually quite light. The potatoes were perfectly crispy, and they served just the right amount. My friend ordered the croque monsieur, and though I didn't have a bite, it looked like a cheesy-covered sandwich of goodness. My friend thoroughly enjoyed the croque.

For dinner, I started with the beef capriccio, which was in a light olive oil and lemon juice mixture with some bits of onion and topped with frisee salad. Lemony, light and melt-in-your-mouth. Amazing. My sister had the French onion soup, which was pretty good, though it was missing something. She thought the broth could have been richer, but said it was still good. My brother had the beet salad with golden and red beets, and he said it was very good.

We ordered a bottle of their house Pinot Noir, which we noticed was the perfect temperature: not too cold, not too warm. For $30, it was a great bottle. My bro had a glass of champagne as well, which was excellent ($12). For dinner, I had the artichoke ravioli in a pecan cream sauce, my sis had the tuna tar tar appetizer and my bro had the roasted chicken breast with mashed potatoes. My ravioli was very nice, though I liked the sauce better than the filling (the filling could have used more flavor, but I liked that there were some soft pecans inside). I think I would have been happy with the table bread (excellent French bread from La Brea Bakery) and the pecan cream sauce! My sister's tar tar was fine, but it was marinated in coconut milk (we knew this before ordering) and it's a taste we were not used to. However, it was light and slightly sweet and very nice. My brother's chicken was perfectly cooked, and came in a sauce that tasted like it was made from mushrooms and maybe a veal stock - very rich and good.

For dessert, we split the pear and almond tart, and one glass of tawny port. The tart was big enough for two, at least, but very light. The crust was made of philo dough and the pears were soft but not mushy. It came with a scoop of amazing vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of warm chocolate sauce. We devoured it quite quickly. The port was fine, and a nice accompaniment to the tart.

All in all, both very good experiences at Dusty's. The service both times were on point, and the atmosphere is very nice and comfortable (great wood chairs with cushioned seats). For the three of us, dinner came to $129.00 - not including tip. Not bad. We had a very nice time.

I'm excited to have this great new bistro in the neighborhood. They even have poutin on the menu - some strange concoction of fries, gravy and cheese, apparently a fave in Montreal.

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