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kinkead's delightful

sunshine | Feb 28, 2005 12:20 PM

as a late valentine's day treat, we had dinner at Kinkead's a week later to avoid the masses. still on a sunday nite, the place was full (the downstairs bar was less full, but the same menu is available there too). this place lives up to its reputation.

started with cocktails and the bread basket with what looked like mini ciabatta rolls and slices of irish soda bread with currants, raisins and caraway (great).

hubby had a half dozen oysters (chef's choice) served with horseradish, cocktail sauce and mignonette sauce and lemon. i had the lobster with ricotta pea ravioli and lobster chervil cream. the lobster was a tad overcooked but otherwise delicious, a whole tail with two ravioli and fresh peas, served on a bed of rich, buttery cream sauce.

for entrees, we had two of kinkead's specialties - the pepita encrusted salmon with shrimp, tomato, chile corn relish with cilantro and the roasted cod and crab imperial with country ham corn spoonbread, spinach and mashed sweet potatoes and a mustard sauce. both very good with perfectly cooked fish, nice portions. i thought the spoonbread would be moister. the pepita crust added a nutty flavor and nice crunchy texture to the salmon. i liked the salmon dish alot better - had more zing.

we had a bottle of 2002 jean claude chatelaine pouilly-fume to go with everything. the wine list is impressive, with wines by the glass, half bottle, and bottles from france, the us including virginia wines, australia, new zealand, hungary, germany and cellarmaster's reserve wines. also a selection of whiskies, ports and after dinner aperitifs.

for dessert,we had the chocolate banana dessert sampler ($9.50) which was worth every penny - we ate the plate clean even after our big meals. 4 mini desserts on one plate - a banana cream pastry concoction with white chocolate, a mini chocolate cake with banana compote, a cup of banana ice cream with fudge and whipped cream, and a chocolate banana peanut butter cake. yum!

not really a romantic ambience with thrilling design, but a light, simple, dining room with a view of the open kitchen. not ostentatious. pleasant service, not rushed; water bread and wine refilled. $183 for three courses, wine, cocktails, not including tip. a nice splurge and good to be assured that kinkead's is the real deal.

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