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metropolis cafe last night (long-ish)

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metropolis cafe last night (long-ish)

xiaodan | Jun 29, 2004 04:16 PM

went to metropolis for a friend's birthday dinner last night. we shared 3 apps - the asparagus "tartare": pencil-thin stalks chopped into small disks with sweet peas and some other flavors that i've since forgotten and mounded like typical steak tartare drizzled with balsamico was wonderful. mesclun greens with blue cheese and red grapes was typical, tho perhaps a little less generous with "the good stuff" than a lot of places. mussels in a fennel & chive flavored broth were delish; we asked to keep the plate between apps & entrees to soak up what we could with bread.

had the salmon with horseradish "cake" and salmon roe. fish was slightly overcooked, horseradish was good, but i really like sharp stuff and could've used more. roe was delicious, tho' i was disappointed that some of the large eggs had burst before they got to the table. all served over a delicious "warm cucumber creme fraiche" which was quite tasty, and generously drizzled with a very green evoo. so had the crusted garlic chicken with oyster mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and pan juices. flavor was right on, crust & juices just this side of salty with plenty of garlic. mushrooms soaked up the broth nicely too, but chicken itself wasn't too well trimmed.

all other entrees were devoured by our (some-hound, some-foodie) companions, including veal, capellini w/ shrimp & rigatoni w/ sausage (didn't taste those). the b'day boy asked for the special scallops app as an entree, they obliged and the chef himself delivered to the table. they looked great.

service was slow between apps & entree, but friendly and responsive. a nice meal, but for the price, i'd rather go elsewhere. dinner for 6 including 2 of their more modest bottles of white wine came to about $210.

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