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IAN - it's maybe worth it to go to the UES just to eat here

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IAN - it's maybe worth it to go to the UES just to eat here

Stephanie | Feb 17, 2005 01:26 PM

I just wanted to give the UES some credit, because I really enjoyed ian. I ordered the seafood tasting menu, which began with a seared tuna and shrimp appetizer. the tuna was bathed in a mustardy sauce, sort of sweet, but tempered with a smoky flavor, which really blended well with the richness of the tuna. the shrimp was wrapped in kaffir (sp?) which had sort of had a salty flavor and a crispy texture, and it was served with a jalapeno sauce; the shrimp was settled on a of crispy yucca (which to me kind of tasted like a dorito, but i mean who doesn't like a dorito every once in a while??). next I had a piece of chilean sea bass - this was one of the stars of the tasting - it was marinated in a citrus sauce, but it wasn't too acidic, it was actually sort of subtle, and i think there was some honey in there, it was grilled, and the texture was enhanced by crunchy bits of macadamia, which was a perfect complement. next I had a 1/2 lobster, which was good, but not so amazing, i think b/c it was bathed again in a tropical, citrusy sauce, and really drowned out the ntural flavor of the lobster. Next I had a goat cheese salad, which was good as far as goat cheese salads go. Next, antoher star, gently seared tuna, with a pino noir reduction, but the best part was the most perfectly seared piece of foie gras languishing on on top of the tuna. It was served with rice (as was the chilean, which was accompanied by sticky rice too). The tuna was so good, obviously so rich, but it tasted heavenly. Last there was a piece of lamb, (I guess they were modifying the seafood tasting?) which was perfectly charred, pink and juicy on the inside and it virtually, melted in my mouth. Apparently they have a special 5 spice blend they used on that, which really worked to enhance the flavor of the meat. The dessert portion was the least impressive to me, they have a variety of souffles, I had the banana walnut (I think) which was a special and then a pear and raspberry financier. They were good, but if you go don't go for the dessert.

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