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Jean Georges

Gossomer | Feb 25, 2008 07:25 AM

We celebarated my wife's 40th birthday at Jean Georges 2 nights ago. We had been before and absolutely loved it. In fact,second to Per Se it is our favorite special occasion restaurant. Almost everything was fantastic. Service was top notch,as was the recent renovation of the formal room. Fois Gras Brule was outrageously good. His classic scallops with cauliflower was wonderful. And his goat cheese tortelloni was amazing. He takes such chances with flavors and it just seems to work. However, our two entrees did not work. The rack of lamb came with a red curry sauce that was so strong it completely overpowered the lamb. And for me coconut milk with lamb is just plain weird. The accompaniment was wild mushrooms with mint. The mint was so strong that you could not taste the mushrooms. My wife had the poached maine lobster. Excellent preparation. Lobster was so tender. But why he chose to pair it with such a strong broth is beyond me. It was a strong citrus/vanilla sauce that overpowered the lobster completely. Plus it simply did not taste good. Sadly we were dissapointed with these entrees. If we had more time we would have sent them both back. But we had a show to catch. On another note his molten chocolate cake is the best version of this anywhere. But the chocolate squares with black olive were odd. I will gladly return to Jean Georges. It is an amazing restaurant in every way. But his intense creativity does have it's limitations.

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