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Another One Market report with half-off wine

Fwedee | Jul 8, 200504:39 PM

We saw the post about the lunch at One Market and decided to go down for dinner last night to take advantage of the wine special. We'll be gone for most of what's left of the month next week so wanted to check it out.

The dining room was medium busy and we got a table right away without reservations.

I started with the foie gras salad and it was stellar. Shaved curls from a torchon that were creamy and just right with the frisee salad, hazelnuts and port wine cherries.

The Mrs. started with just a green salad. A big mound of mixed lettuces threaded with nice slivers of summer vegetables and a balsamic vinaigrette. Simple.

We shared the halibut and sea scallops. The halibut was the winner of the two but the scallops were delicious as well. The halibut was served on a bed of sweet corn polenta (it was really all corn, no polenta at all, just a play on words, I guess) and I could've made a meal of just that. There was a green in the dish I've never heard of, lambs quarters, and mushrooms and just a glaze for the sauce. I loved every bite. The scallops were wrapped in pancetta and served over a bed of green lentils with a foie gras emulsion (probably shoudln't have ordered two items with foie, but it's what we wanted). The combination worked more than we thought it would, but again, the halibut stole the show.

For dessert they have on their menu a section where you can build a platter of three small desserts to share. We chose the coconut cream pie, the chocolate banana tart and the butterscotch pudding. They were INCREDIBLE. Their desserts won't win awards for fancy, artsy-fartsy presentations, but who cares when they taste that good.

And the wine...we started with the lovely Peter Michael Mon Plaisir. Simply the best chardonnay you'll ever drink in a restaurant for SIXTY DOLLARS!!! We polished that off a little too quickly perhaps, but asked to have a little extra time between courses and were obliged. We decided to go with a pinot for our entrees and chose the Domaine Drouhin Laurene (one of our favorites) from Oregon. That was only $46. We drank only half, so we corked it and brought the rest home. We were tempted to have a dessert wine, but didn't want to overdo it.

The service, btw, was excellent, too.

One Market is off of our radar for the most part because there's just so much out there to choose from, but this special is one of the best deals in town all year long.

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