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Equinox Report

Ex-DC | Mar 28, 2003 02:46 PM

Four of us went to Equinox for dinner on Wednesday night. We ordered two dishes for appetizers: the lobster and asparagus salad and an entree portion of agnolotti of ricotta cheese sage butter, black truffle, and parmesan reggiano. The salad was fine, everything was quite fresh but the ginger-lime dressing did not add much in terms of flavor -- it almost wasn't there. On the other hand, the agnolotti was absolute heaven in a bowl and the dinner portion was a perfect appetizer for two.

For entrees, one person had the pinenut crusted rack of lamb with white bean ragout and red chard. Asked for and received medium rare. It was pronounced quite excellent by all who tasted it. One person had the rockfish. I didn't try it but believe it was also enjoyed.

Two of us ordered medallions of venison with carmelized root vegetables and cabernet wine jus from the tasting menu as the kitchen was able to accommodate both of us. Both were ordered medium to medium rare. One came as medium-rare, the other came vary rare. The latter was sent back for additional cooking and came back fine. I was very disappointed in the dish. I love well-prepared venison and only order it in good restaurants. The sauce really needs to be sharp enough to bring out the flavor of the meat. This dish, however, was lacking: the flavors were heavy, one-noted and flat. It wasn't so bad as to send it back -- but I wouldn't order it again.

We shared two desserts: the Meyer Lemon Charlotte in pomegranate sauce and the warm-center bittersweet chocolate cake with tangerine sorbet and vanilla anglaise. Again we had mixed reviews. The charlotte was uninteresting; we could barely taste the lemon -- it was very flabby tasting and texture wise. The chocolate cake was a predictable hit and the miniscule bit of tangerine sorbet was fabulous and left us longing for more.

We ordered an OK (don't remember name) Marlborough NZ sauvignon blanc for $39. It retails for under $10. We also had a good Witness Tree Pinot Noir for $45. I don't know what that retails for though, but if the first wine is an indication, I think a 300% markup is fairly steep.

I did have a wonderful lunch there prior to this meal and some things on the dinner table were standouts, but I was disappointed in this dinner considering that we batted only .500 overall and spent about $365 with two bottles of wine. We had good service throughout our meal.

So, would we go back? Most likely, but not before I try some other places on my list.

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