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Mandoline (long)

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Mandoline (long)

rumdrinks | Nov 28, 2005 09:50 AM

Went to Mandoline on Wednesday last week. had no problem getting a table (had called for a reservation for 2) and there were plenty of tables even so (mind you, had tried a walk in 2 weeks prior at 6 on a saturday and no dice).

Nice, quiet, calm, atmosphere with open kitchen.

Menu had about 8 - 9 appetizers (maybe $6 - $12), same number of entrees (about $16 - $24 - though most not above $20), and maybe even similar amount of desserts. I started with quail stuffed with applewood smoked bacon stuffing and a (pomengranate maybe? i forget) sauce and a microgreen salad. very very good (could have been hotter and the quail needed a tiny bit more salt). Boyfriend started with mussels in saffron sauce which were really good - but his comment was that sauce was way way way buttery (which was provided for excellent dipping of metropolitain bakery rolls served warm on table). My entree was seared scallops with chanterelles (with a demiglaze made from veal stock - i asked) and parsnip purree which was very very good. parnsip puree is not for the faint of heart - it was very very rooty. Boyfriend had monkfish wrapped with bacon with swiss chard and a fig polenta cake with...some sort of sauce. Monkfish was fantastic. Polenta cake was good in my mind - not his. different tastes. there are a couple sides offered in addition to those that come with your meal - we chose the lobster macncheese. It was good. Stellar? Nope. could leave the lobster out as the cheese sauce was pretty good but could shine better without anything trying to steal its thunder.

Had no room for dessert- i recall that they feature one or two capigiro gelatos.

service was very attentive and pleasant. i'll go back.

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