We went to Nectar last night. Ooh, la. So good.
I LOVE the wine list. I love that you can get everything by the glass, half-bottle, or full bottle. And they have some of my favorites on there, too. Very pleased with the whole wine situation.
Started with the foie gras. The pineapple was a great match with it. The other half had the cucumber soup, but (dare I say) it was not as good as the one the other half makes and not as good as the one we had recently in New Orleans (Winnie's Artsy Cafe on Magazine. Check it out.) The beets overpowered the cucumber, I thought.
I had the scallops afterward. Diver scallops with haricots, wax beans, snow peas, chorizo, and pistachios on a golden raisin reduction. They were excellent. The chorizo, beans, and scallops were a wonderful compliment for each other. The pistachios seemed a little unnecessary, but I like pistachios and was happy to have them.
The other half had the veal cheeks. They were done in a masala with some squash and something else. They were very tasty and tender. I liked my dinner better, but his was good, too.
We finished off with a cheese plate. I just love a good cheese plate. This one was good. The fromagier/sommelier told us that they always have "a goat, a soft, a hard, a blue, and a stinky." They were excellent. I got a little too much rind of the stinky in one bite and thought I was going to lose my scallops, but the inside was faboo. It was a good-sized cheese plate and I felt a little piggy afterward. Definitely enough for two. And came with some good raisin toast that complimented the cheeses nicely.
With that, I have to suggest one of the wines in particular. Since they "don't do port" (direct quote) I had a very rich dark raisiny Italian red. It had a port-ish nose, but was definitely not as light and tasted lovely. A 2000 Valpolicella of some sort.
All in all, I think it is a bargain--if you can manage to keep your hands off the wines that come $20-plus per glass. A little hard to find a taxi afterwards, though. But they've done wonders with a tough space in a 1950s basement. It is a wonderfully quiet, pretty space. The service is friendly and helpful. Other small things, too--e.g., I liked that the menu was all in one piece--it looked like they'd used photo albums. I am really glad that we finally went.