Thanks again for all your input on the previous thread.
Just to close the loop...went to Gargoyle's for their famous tuna poke with my "Hawaiian" friend...
Her reaction was subdued...She enjoyed the flavor ("reminds me of Hawaii") but she also stated, "This isn't like any tuna poke I've ever had" and it wasn't meant in a complimentary way. She explained that the tuna poke she was familiar with mostly consisted of a large mound of mostly tuna...
What we received at Gargoyles was mostly sprouts, seaweed and other good things with only a few choice morsels of tuna meat.
From my general diner's perspective (not being familiar with tuna poke), I was disappointed somewhat too. For $12, this appetizer MAYBE had as much tuna as two standard sashimi, if that. Seemed rather skimpy and certainly was not what I (we) had in mind. Don't worry though, we finished it. ;) I guess I just didn't understand the effusive praise this dish has received on the board.
For dinner, I had the aged ribeye, which was cooked to my order of medium rare - with the white truffle gnocchi, I was quite pleased. Ms. Hawaiian had the duck, but found it to be a little too greasy to her liking, while my taste of it seemed yummy to me, with a good crisp of the skin.
We both enjoyed the creative take on the "ants on a log," although not having gone to summer camp, I didn't get it until my companion patiently explained the original idea to me.
Spiced bourbon chilled was tasty, although the strong cinnamon flavor made it not as appealing without something to offset. Next time, I'll try it with a bit of vermouth.
All in all, it was a decent meal, but things just seemed a bit off.
P.s. - A very special thanks to the donkey next to us who kept baying loudly to his date about all his wonderful business and personal exploits while constantly interrupting her stories. Dude...Don't you know that if you want to woo a woman, just LISTEN!