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Explain this to me, hounds (Erbaluce)

galka | Jan 23, 2010 12:11 PM

After asking for your recommendations, went there for dinner for the fist time and was bewildered by the highs and lows in one night. It is obviously a place run with great ambition and talent, and not cheap! Appetizers- the waiter raved about the fresh sardines she has and we ordered, Well, there were only TWO small sardines for 11 dollars, and they were really fresh and done well with a lovely sauce- but they had SCALES??? Believe me, I know my sardines and can deal with bones etc, but scales? Then we split a pasta special with truffles and beets- it was lovely and done really well except that black truffles barely had any smell. Last time we had fresh black truffles was last fall at Gran Gusto and I remember that we all turned heads when the waiter entered the room with my pasta dish, it was so fragrant. Here the truffles had a nice texture but barely any aroma. Maybe I should have known better and not order them off season (30 dollars).
For main course husband had a rabbit- a gorgeous dish with so much flavor and so beautifully plated, cooked just right- he loved it. I got the veal breast, remembering the recommnedation from a fellow hound. Guys, it was inedible! The meat so dry and stringy that I could not cut it with the serrated knife they provided. And the accompanying giant beans were undercooked - a total disaster of a dish for 28 bucks!
Desert ( panna cotta) was perfecft- nice flavor, not too much gelatin, done just right. The wine they suggested was also great. And then we were offered complimentary chocolates that were just exquisite. I am not the type to send food back and did not say anything- the waiter was really nice and tried very hard to please us. Yes, and forgot to mention another thing- we got our appetizer half an hour after we got seated and then pasta another half an hour later!
Anyway, not sure what to think- I so wanted to like this place!

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