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Denis | Jun 28, 2005 11:22 AM

The wine deal here, which I know many are familiar with, is terrific. The food we had last night was pretty disappointing, however. The "wine program" as the waiter called it, is that they don't mark up the wine very much at all. I don't know my wine prices or wines well at all, but we had a 2004 rose from Languedoc that we both thought was very nice for $24.

As for the food, we had the mussels in the basic wine and shallot broth and a special salad for appetizers. Some, and not a few, of the mussels were distinctly nasty-tasting--not just a little mussel-y, but just not good. The broth was perfectly tasty. The special salad was a panzanella, which in this case meant fried bread with yellow tomatoes and onions. This mystified me a bit. The only reason for serving such a salad, especially as a special, would be if one had great yellow tomatoes. The ones in the dish we had were mealy and not very flavorful.

My fiancee had the cod with anchovy butter, dandelion greens, and potatoes as an entree. This was overwhelmed by the anchovy butter. Also very little in the way of dandelion greens on the plate.

I had the grilled quail, with sauteed mushrooms, bacon, and cherry tomatoes. This was fine but unremarkable.

For dessert we had the blueberry crumble and the lemon tart. The six desserts on the menu come in mini $3 portions, or you can get one of each for $15. Both the ones we had were honest, solid versions, and the lemon tart was a little better than that I thought.

Total was $118 before tip, which was pleasantly low.

Perhaps we ordered badly. The wine deal's so good that if I were more of an oenophile, I'd definitely go back and try other dishes. And I might even do so in any event.

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