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A Find in West Chester: AValon

BAshful3 | Jan 29, 2003 07:51 AM

Well, I didn't find it. A person who shall remain nameless found it; organized a lovely dinner there for a group that shall remain nameless; and 50 people had a lovely experience last night.

If I lived closer to West Chester Avalon would be on my list for a delightful, somewhat pricey, but very fine dining experience. (312 S. HIgh St, W. Chester)

Meal started with unsual amuse bouche--sort of a gourmet winkeye--a tiny quail egg, perched amid a tiny circle of pan toasted challah perhaps; little sauce, but oh so tasty. I chose duck carpaccio, baby argugula, pommes frittes & truffle vinagrette as a first course. Oh, yeah. SErious good. But, having just come from an acupuncturist visit designed to help me lose weight, I nobly passed on half of the generous portion. With difficulty. ((The one person at our table who chose the smoked salmon served on potato blinis and garnished with caviar refused to share, and no one wanted to mess with her))

I did not intend to finish my generous portion of oven roasted venison, with roasted winter vegetables, broccoli rabe, juniper berry sauce. But, I did. To much twitting from my amiable table companions. It was my first experience with venison, and if that be typical of venison, I could have it once a week for the rest of my life. ((The gentleman to my left was moaning about the tomato-saffron emulsion surrounding his potato-crusted halibut. I tried to ignore him))

I abstemiously passed on the chocolate souffle for a perfect creme brulee, giving away half of it to my table companions, who enjoyed their good fortune at my expense. Of course, I did "taste" the souffle, and had happy memories of that spoonful.

Avalon is a winner. Entrees on the regular menu were in the $25 range, but well worth it. My only criticism of the experience was that it was a tad hypocritical of me to have gone from the acupuncurist to the land of temptation. 2 out of 3 wasn't bad! And, I found the juniper berry sauce to be bursting with flavor, without seeming high in fat.

Definitely worth a trip. Drive back, using 202 and #76 took 45 minutes to CC. But, for someone in the Western suburbs wishing a fine dining experience, go for it.

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