M&M Jfood decided to head to Duo last evening, looking for a light’ish meal. Thanks to Sam Spade for telling them the menu was on line, they went well prepared.
At 7PM on a Saturday night the place was 60-70% full and never really filled up more than that for the 90 minutes that were there. Hopefully it catches on and people keep this place going because the food was wonderful. Also the food presentation was the most beautiful the Jfoods have ever seen including many top-tier restaurant, even when they were in their prime. So for this alone, people should consider going to Duo.
Now onto the food.
For appetizers, they decided to split an Edamame (a) Steamed with (b) an Edamame salad, Mrs. Jfood ordered the Goat Cheese (a) Oven roasted Asian pear with herbs with (b) goat cheese salad with grape compote and aged balsamic glaze and Jfood ordered the Hamachi (a) Sashimi of Hamachi with jalapeno and yuzu soy with (b) Pan seared Hamachi with mango salsa and apple balsamic reduction
The steamed Edamame was simply prepared with a sprinkling of salt and the salad was mixed with some seaweed and red pepper, a nice share dish. The sashimi with jalapeno was delicious and was also served in two little portions. The jalapeño gave it a nice kick. Jfood has never eaten seared Hamachi and the combination of the salsa and the balsamic was great.
For entrees Jfood ordered Chilean Sea Bass (a) Fava bean crusted applewood smoked sea bass with (b) Miso glazed sea bass with tamarind vanilla sauce and Mrs. Jfood ordered Salmon (a) Terrine of smoked salmon with jumbo prawn with (b) Fillet with roasted sweet corn salsa. The smoked sea bass was lightly smoked and the Fava bean crust was minimal but added a great flavor to the fish. Smoking the fish also reduced the oily texture of this fish. The Big Winner of the night was the Miso Glazed Bass. This ranks as one of the best dishes Jfood has ever eaten. The fish was perfectly cooked (remember sea bass is very oily) and the glaze and sauce made this higher than a 10 on the Jfood scale. This dish is worth a return itself. Mrs. Jfood offered Jfood a taste of the smoked salmon and Jfood felt it was a little too salty/smoked, but she told him the other salmon was delicious.
Dessert was a pass since they do not have these written for review and the Jfoods had a very difficult time understanding the oral presentations. Service was spot on (other than the dessert menu presentation) and was as friendly and attentive as can be expected and desired. Price for two sodas (they charge for refills), three appetizers and two entrees came to $96.
All in all Jfood has to give this place a 9.5 on the Jfood scale. So another gem hits Stanford CT.