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Little Giant review

Tamar G | Dec 6, 2004 08:29 AM

General info: Good food, pleasant, not overly expensive (but not as cheap as I had thought it would be), warm homey atmosphere. It's a small room, tables are pretty close together and one is right up against the espresso machine, but despite close quarters it's comfortable and has large windows looking out onto the street. According to the waiter they will open for brunch in a week or two and with the large east-facing windows it will make for a really nice brunch spot. mixed drinks named after thanksgiving dishes were not appetizing ("green bean casserole") and I was not impressed with the wine list, especially with the wines by the quartino. But while I enjoy wine I'm no connoisseur, so take that as you will. The small bar area was full most of the time we were there (8:30-11)

The food: 1 nibble, 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 desserts. We really liked the nibble, apps and desserts but were not as impressed with the entrees.

"Nibble" - peppadew peppers stuffed with chevre. Each one exploded with sweet/spicy juice and goat cheese. yum.

"Box of Rocks" - cockles in broth; "sausage and onions" - sliced sausages sauteed with onions and 3 mustards and bread.
2 large portions of interactive food- what could be more fun? We made sandwiches, dipped in broth etc. Both were good and hearty although not particularly inventive (except for the flavored mustards that came with the sausage which were great).

"duck duck goose" - duck ravioli and duck breast, I think. The menu pages menu says foie gras, but it definitely wasn't. In fact, I’m not entirely sure where the “goose” came from. The duck breast was pink and juicy with nicely crispy skin. the ravioli wrapper was nice and thin, but the ravioli filling wasn't at all delicate. It was just shredded duck that was a dry. I was too full to eat any of the vegetables that came with this.

sauteed scallops with butternut squash puree. The scallops were good, not great. They had been sprinkled with coarse sea salt which made them a little gritty. The butternut squash puree was a nice creamy buttery taste that went well with the scallops.

"milk and cookies": a plate of 3 cookies (choco chip, ginger and oatmeal raisin) served with a glass of steamed milk spiked with chocolate liquor. The cookies are made to order so they come still hot and melty from the oven. This dessert was great. Not because it was particularly interesting or creative, but it felt like a really good version of a homey treat. I totally rallied for this dessert and managed more than my fair half.

semolina cake with poached fruit and vanilla mascarpone : The fruit was poached and spiced perfectly. The cake was good but a little heavy and after a full meal I mostly just ate the fruit.

Dinner with tax, 20% tip and a $40 bottle of wine was $145 for 2. Appetizer portions were large but entrée portions were small.

I’d do back but stick to homey dishes.
Enjoy.

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