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JanR | Sep 11, 2005 07:13 AM

Went to the newly reopened Marigold Kitchen last night and had a wonderful meal. The always charming Jonathan seemed non-fazed by our late arrival (traffic on I-76 was awful). He told us about his partner Steve's marriage and their plans for a second place, which are still in the formative stage. He mentioned that they had hired some new staff (including of course their new chef, formerly of Vetri). Both new and old staff were delightful.

On to the food. We were given an amuse bouche of a salmon mousse over a small piece of brioche. Yummy. After awhile, plates of escargot with pine nuts and couscous were brought out as a little surprise. Delicious also. Entrees: (we had skipped appetizers because the desserts looked so good and we wanted to save room). My entree was the beef filet. I am ashamed to say that I cannot remember how it was described on the menu. I can say that both the steak and the sides (tiny potatoes and spinach) were perfect. I could have cut the steak with a butter knife. It was served sliced with what I believe was a wine sauce. My SO had the roasted salmon, served with chamomile basmati rice. He could have licked the plate.

Desserts: Wow. We had a hard time choosing. They all looked very interesting. I finally decided on the pignole cake with lavender ice cream. SO had the berry semifreddo. We were given appropriate glasses for the port we'd brought along.

A very nice evening. I can't imagine why we'd been away so long but won't make that mistake again.

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