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Falai - Review

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Falai - Review

DaveS | Jan 9, 2006 11:09 AM

Visited Falai this past friday evening with my wife's family. Overall I quite enjoyed my meal.

I arrived pretty early and sat at the small bar and had a glass of wine. They could use a few more by the glass options.

The dinner started with an amuse of pea soup with pink peppercorns. The soup was pretty good though fairly prosaic for an amuse.

My appetizer (I forget the Italian name they gave it) consisted of some puff pastry, butternut squash and chanterelle mushrooms on a base of taleggio cheese. I really enjoyed it. From the menu description I expected something different from the very deconstructed plate which appeared, but it was really delicious. The different elements combined wonderfully.

Some of my dining companions had a steamed eggplant special which they said was delicious and another had the octopus which he said was perfectly cooked and quite good.

As a main course I had the rack of lamb. It was excellent. There were 3 sizable chops simply prepared in their own juice, which was delicious. The sides were pretty spare, there were two small pieces of potato and two little brussel sprouts. The main complaint of the evening was the portion sizes. Though the people who had the lamb didn't complain. The fish portions did seem a bit small.

For dessert I had the profiteroles. I usually regret ordering these most places, but these were perfect. 6 almost bite size profiteroles covered in vahlrona (sp?) chocolate sauce topped with pistachio and crumbled hazelnuts. The pastry was perfectly baked, I've had these so many times where they taste stale. These were excellent.

The service was spotty. The waiter brought my wife the wrong appetizer. He also forgot about my dessert, though he apologized and when he did bring it out, said it was on the house. So I'm hoping he was just having an off night.

The prices were relatively reasonable. And I would definitely go back, at the very least to try some of the pasta options which I didn't get to on this visit.

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