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EMP lunch review

dkstar1 | Mar 11, 2004 09:09 AM

Had yet another great meal here yesterday. I even got seated at the same table as last time, accidentally, which I for some strange reason enjoyed. (Makes me feel like a regular?).

Anyhow...here's the menu:

The wine was a Muscadet by the glass. Didn't order it myself so can't be specific about it. But I can say that it went very well with my meals.

One-side Seared Tuna Tartare
lemon vinaigrette, fried capers and vegetable crisp.

This was very good but I have some criticisms...I didn't see a fried caper on the dish anywhere. Instead it had a small frisee salad and sliced avocado on the opposite side. The vegetable crisps were very good...similar to Terra chips but less stiff and less salty. The "crisps" or rather chips were beet and sweet potato. Very good and attractive...and served on a side plate. The tuna tartare was a bit uneven in taste I think. The first couple of bites were good but a bit bland. The rest (remaining 2/3) were much more flavorful. A touch of sea salt that brought the flavor out of the tuna was great, but missing on 1/3 of the dish. Overall, a good dish, alas, not as good as the one I had at Chop's in Bonita Bay, Florida this past weekend.

My dining partner had the Foie Gras terrine (Beef shank, grilled leeks, tarragon and banyuls). Apparently it was delicious.

I opted for the Arctic Char (black truffle vinaigrette, salsify and pea shoots) - a fish I had not yet ever tried before. The pea shoots were excellent but I also got grilled leeks (much the same as the foie gras app) which was unncessary. The salsify was fantastic though. The Char was cooked very well with appropriate saltiness. The dense flavor of the fish was prominent and I enjoyed it very much. Much like salmon...more than I thought..but yet different (as I said, I've never had Char before).

My dining partners had the Shellfish Pan Roast, which had very large prawns and very large New Zealand mussels in a sherry and saffron sauce. Apparently this was delicious and "fantastic". Enough for this mild mannered diner to tell our server how good it was. I was shocked.

The other diner had the Roast Free-Range chicken of which she very much enjoyed. She doesn't quite "get" eating out yet (my younger sister - in college) but loved her dish.

For dessert, we had a cheese plate with:

Epoisses "berthaut" - great as usual, but perhaps a tad young. Not as good as what I've had at ILO or Artisanal, but stood up to being a very good epoisses.

Selles-Sur-Cher - goat cheese that had a nice nutty taste to it. The thicker of the cheeses.

Persille' de Malzieu - the sheep's milk cheese was probably my favorite of the day (epoisses is traditionally) with its dark blue-green moldy edges. Yum. Great way to end the lunch.

I spoke with Chef Kerry Heffernan and asked him about the progress on the hamburger/hotdog kiosk they are putting in across the street in the Park. He said he hadn't seen the final "building" yet as it was currently being worked on/approved, but that it would be hamburgers/hotdogs/fries and did he say smoothies? I think he did. Anyhow, he estimated that it would be up and running by end of the first week in June or thereabouts.

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