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Maestro -- 6/7/03

GregJ | Jun 8, 2003 02:38 PM

My spouse and I had dinner last night at Maestro in the Ritz-Carlton at Tyson's Galleria. It was our first visit, but it won't be our last. [For a full -- and accurate -- descripton of the decor, service and menus, please scroll back to (I think) January of this year for Joe H' comprehensive review.]

We opted for the 5-course tasting menu. We had: to begin, an amuse-bouche of salmon tartare in a crispy shell with tapenade; next an amuse-bouche of marinated scallop and roe with a cold fennel soup "shooter"; first course of: seviche with ostrega caviar, tomatoes, and peppers [me]; cauliflower flan with porcini froth and porcini slices [spouse]; second course of: pasta with spinach, carrot and poached egg [me]; pasta pillows filled with lobster and garnished with lobster meat in soy-ginger sauce [spouse]; third course of: wild turbot on a bed of smoked hay [both of us]; intermezzo: campari and grapefruit sorbet; fourth course: grilled fois gras and pigeon in red wine reduction [me]; hazelnut crusted veal tenderloin with leeks [spouse]; fifth course: assorted cheeses [both]; amouse-bouches: panna cotta with sour cherry; sorbets with warm chocolate cake and madeleines; anniversary cake of white and dark chocolate mousse.

The foregoing were accompanied by appropriate (and very good) white and red wines by-the-glass, chosen by Maestro's world class sommelier (one white for the first two courses, one red for the second two courses; a port with the cheese).

The service was the best we've ever encountered, as was the food. The overall experience -- we sat down at 8 and left at 11:45 -- was the most marvelous we've had anywhere. Yes, it was expensive, $330 for the two of us, inclusive. But it was, after all, our 25th anniversary; however, I don't think we'll wait 25 years to go back!

Oh, one last thing, along about course no. 2, my spouse realized -- and I'm not making this up -- that the two couples at the table to my left were discussing (she thinks) Joe H's chowhound review!

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