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Etats-Unis report (long)

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Etats-Unis report (long)

shortstop | Feb 9, 2003 06:25 PM

Live in the neighborhood yet had never tried it until Friday evening. I am only sorry it took that long – the food was wonderful. The bread, which was delicious, is made on the premises - perfectly crusty with a parmesan undertone and served with a very fruity olive oil. (our waiter said the bread changes based on the whims of the baker that day, so I can’t promise the same bread’ll be there when you go…)

We split a grilled calamari on wilted greens appetizer, very good. The calamari was cooked just right. (Glad we split an appetizer as the portions are quite large.)

I had steamed & lightly sautéed lobster in a whisp of a tarragon sauce, shelled and served on a ragout of scallions, leeks, and fingerling potatoes, that was out of this world. The lobster, like the calamari, was cooked to perfection, both texturally and taste-wise. ($30)

My friend had the steak for two, which they had available for one, served with sautéed spinach and a gratin of potatoes. This steak for one could easily have served two – it was enormous, and the quote was, “as good as any steak I’ve had at the best steak houses.” ($38)

Other main course selections on the small menu were a lamb shank, a roasted chicken and an Atlantic halibut, each with an interesting preparation. A nice selection of wines by the glass and also some 1/2 bottles.

No room for dessert, but they had brought the check before asking if we had wanted coffee. (When we did not pre-order a dessert - a soufflé or the date pudding that need to be ordered with the meal - they took this to mean we did not want dessert at all.) We ordered some coffee (which comes in a press pot) and then reminded them to put it on the check, which was already sitting on the table. They said the coffee was on the house, which was the right thing to do, but there are plenty of places that would have put it on the bill.

A very enjoyable dining discovery just a few blocks away – I look forward to returning.

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