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Esca, Middletown, CT

dennisl | Dec 4, 200908:19 AM

Went to Esca to check it out, it has been open for a while so we figured the 'kinks' would be worked out (I can't find another review, so apologies.)
The space is very nice, metropolitan. We sat at the bar and were well taken care of by the two bartenders. Though this is billed as a wine bar, the martini list is extensive and we chose those. My friend had a blood orange martini and the flirtini, which were both enjoyed. I had dirty martinis which were good, though average. For dinner I had the beef carpaccio, which was good, but too much arugula. It seemed as though I had to uncover and find the beef. The arugula soaked up most of the lemon and truffle oil, which I would have like more on the main part of the dish. My friend had the cheese and fruit plate for a starter, which was large and varied in types of cheeses. We were asked which plate we wanted first, which was nice. We both had soup for a second course, my plate was taken away before I finished the carpaccio, which wasn't nice. I had the soup of the day (lobster bisque.) It was just ok, too heavy with the sherry, not a lot of lobster flavor. My friend being a vegetarian ordered the butternut bisque. It would be helpful if either the menu or the servers would tell the customers it is garnished with duck (which seemed really odd to me.)
We would have like to have seen a dessert menu, but were not offered one and ran out of time.
Overall it was a good experience, though with ups and downs. The prices are a bit more that I've paid for comparable food, and the dinner plates also seem high. I will be back to try again.

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