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Gaia in Greenwich--follow-up

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Gaia in Greenwich--follow-up

Alexandra Halsey | Jul 17, 2005 01:21 PM

Thanks to those who offered feedback on this restaurant. We went Friday night and had a great time.

First, we went early (6:30) because my mother is hard of hearing and I wanted to go out while things were still slow. I had told them about this when I made the reservation, so they seated us upstairs, away from the bar.

Service was helpful and friendly. The menu had some interesting selections. I opted for heavy, with the duck liver mousse starter and lamb filet for dinner. The mousse was served in a jar, which is their schtick, I guess it's like the sous vide (?) style of cooking. I don't eat a lot of duck liver mousse, so can't say whether this technique was particuarly helpful to the dish, but it was delicious. Served with pickled vegetables and some whole-grain bread. My mother started with the jonah crab salad, which was a large portion of wonderful crab. Very flavorful but light, she was still talking about it the next day, which is something because she is very picky.

My lamb entree was a filet cooked perfectly medium rare, as requested. It was served with tapenade, which I didn't really eat much of because I thought the saltiness didn't do much for the lamb, and some lightly wilted cabbage, which was excellent. It was served with a side dish of creamy polenta--also excellent. My mother's entree was a crispy-skin salmon served with asparagus and parsnip puree. I thought salmon was a boring choice, but she gave me a taste and it was excellent--the kind of fish that goes right to the restaurant suppliers. Flavorful and tender. The parsnips were also great--smooth and sweet.

For dessert I had two cheeses: Taleggio served with quince paste (really more like a jam), and Roquefort served with honey. The former was excellent, the latter less so. But a nice way to end a meal. My mother had the citrus creme brule, which was delicious.

We're not big drinkers so was each had one glass of wine by the glass.

All in all, an excellent dinner. Highly recommend.

AH

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