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Long Report - Various Restaurants

Eva L. | Aug 15, 2004 01:18 PM

Did a week of eating with an out of town friend.

Popover Café once this past weekend and also last weekend, due to her special fondness for their popovers. First weekend I had the eggs benedict over a floppy popover. Quite good, good enough for me to order the Popeye Benedict the following weekend – spinach and smoked salmon instead of ham. I really like the lemon hollandaise sauce, although that and everything else I had this past week will mean steamed vegetables for this entire week. She had the egg white with various vegetables which was fine and this weekend the horseradish, cheese, sautéed onions and tomatoes omelets, which I thought was very unique. The horseradish flavor was just light enough to have taste, but not overpowering. I rather liked it, although I am not sure whether I would have liked an entire order, a few bites were good.

Dinner at JG Melon’s consisted of the usual burger, cottage fries, small spinach salad with bacon and mushrooms and mozzarella cheese carroza which was basically a semi fried cheese sandwich, very plain and not to my liking and I love grilled cheese sandwiches.

Dinner at Sushi Hana was very basic sushi, nothing special, although I was hoping for better since the place was very busy when we arrived on Tuesday evening and even had to wait a few minutes for a table. We had some rolls and decided that we liked the rolls at Haru better.

Lunch at Jo Jo’s was excellent in all respects except the portion sizes. It was a 2 course tasting menu plus dessert. One can choose any 2 items from the menu of about 10-12 choices which was nice. We choose the lamb chop over fava beans, Presentation was wonderful. Food was delicious and the combination of ingredients was excellent. However, after finishing our 4 shared courses, we were still hungry and my friend actually debated ordering another lunch. However, the waitress then brought us the dessert menu and we settled on ordering 1 a la carte dessert with our trio of sorbets that was included with the lunch prix fixe. Sorbets were strawberry, buttermilk and rhubarb. It was a strange combo and I really did not care for any of the flavors on an individual basis either. My friend asked for a substitute and the waitress was very nice and accommodated. She got 2 scoops of basil ice cream and buttermilk. I did not like that either. Perhaps, I am just not a fan of sorbet/ice cream that is not sweet to begin with. Have had corn ice cream and not really enjoyed it. Service and décor were very nice. It was an enjoyable long lunch. However, by 4:00pm, I was starving.

Dinner at Pigalle, we started off with an onion tart and grilled shrimp with mango salad. Entrees were scallops and seared tuna. Dessert was a layered dark and white chocolate mousse in a parfait glass with orange sauce on the side and white mouse with cherries on chocolate crust with slivers of chocolate on top. That was my favorite item of the evening.

Dinner at Balthazar consisted of a wonderful onion soup. It was not too salty as they typically are and just the right amount of cheese and bread. I could have had a huge bowl and been happy. We had the lamb t-bone with mashed potatoes and bouillabaisse which is their Friday special. Both were disappointing. Dessert was warm lemon ricotta crepes., which were good, but too warm, read hot. Taste was good, but the temperature took away from the taste. The tables are so cramped that you are literally on top of each other and so noisy. I would return again, because I once had such a good lunch (wonderful lamb sandwich) there, but definitely when they are less busy. It’s so not comfortable to even have a conversation, you practically have to shout. Service was satisfactory, nothing positive or negative to note.

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