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Les Amis - semi long

Monty | Dec 17, 200509:10 AM

Last night we went to Les Amis, the new place that replaced an old place. The space had been Zare for many years. And, according to my wife who had eatern there several times, very little has been changed. It's a small space but not bad.

Seated right away and presented with menus and the wine list. I thought the wine list was a bit hard to get around. No wines by the glass were listed, just scattered throughout the entire menu. It was all in French which is alright. Probably more French choices than anything else.

There was an amuse, a bite of tuna tartar, not bad, not great. Appetizers were crispy sweetbreads for my wife and Dungeness crab bisque for me. The sweetbreads were an ample serving, crisp and pretty tasty (I got a bite). The bisque tasted liked it looked, kind of muddy. Plus, in the bisque was 1) a whole cherry tomato and 2) a pearl onion.

My wife had the duet of beef for an entree, a petit filet and a short rib. I had the sauted striped bass. Presentation was very minimalistic. There was a piece of stiped bass sitting on a couple of slices of sauted Jerusalum artichoke. The beef was basically the filet at one end of the retangular plate and the short rib at the other. My wife liked the beef dish. The striped bass was fine, certainly nothing special, especially for $28.

The dessert menu was probably the most interesting. It's not often you see words like tomato, couscous or Earl Gray on a dessert menu. It was like every dish was some sort of fusion type thing. The Mrs. had the pumpkin-ginger tartlette with a piece of I believe wheat cake and buttermilk sorbet plus something else. I had the trio of brulees, chocolate, Earl Gray and plum sake. The Earl Gray was the only one with a carmalized top, the other two just being custard in the ramikin. The chocolate was, well, chocolate. The Earl Gray tasted like your normal everyday creme brulee, no hint of Earl Gray tea. The plum sake was creme brulee without the carmalized top, plain custard, no taste of plum sake. Oh, my wife did enjoy hers.

So, maybe it just wasn't my night or something. Total bill before tip was $143. I left thinking that our dinner at Rue Saint Jacque the previous week for $25 less including tip was so much better and more satisfying. No complaints about the service, it was fine. Wine was served in very nice stemware. It's just that the food, for the price, didn't work as far as I was concerned.

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