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Mistral (long-ish)

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Mistral (long-ish)

joypirate | Feb 18, 2003 06:58 PM

So I wisely waited till the V-Day crowd subsided and went to Mistral with the fiance on Sunday night. First impressions: be prepared to pay for parking, despite 6pm reservations we found no street parking, we paid $10 for the lot across the street which we assumed would still be cheaper than valet. We were seated right away and took our time to order. Actually, we took too long and our bread came before our menus were gone - served with a thin slice of butter and a sort of roasted garlic mixture. For starters my fiance had the lamb's lettuce salad with warm goat cheese, pecans, served atop a thick pear slice that also has a generous gob of goat cheese on it. It was fine, a good, decent salad. I had the foie gras served atop a big brioche cylinder stuffed with duck confit and tart cherries, slightly unwieldly to eat but delicious nonetheless. For an entree my fiance had the Dover Sole meuniere with lemon, spinach and capers with roast fingerling potatoes. She thought it was excellent as did I, the skin was soggy but there's no avaoiding that I believe when doing it meuniere. The fingerling potatoes, though different in shape, were very boring and sort of brought the dish down (I think it was the most expensive on the menu). I had the halibut which was served over a bed of small shrimp, a bit of risotto and some swiss chard. It was a smidge dry but the delicious crispy skin made up for it. Oh, she drank a glass of the Kim Crawford New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and I had a glass of the Valpolicella, both were great though admittedly the Valpolicella was a poor match to the halibut. For dessert she had a chocolate/hazelnut Marjolane (sp?) that was good but not really the sort of wild, decadent dessert she was hoping for. She ordered it off of the waiter's recommendation between that and some other chocolate dish. Rather than answer immediately, he should have asked her what she was looking for specifically. Not that it was bad, it was just not quite as chocolatey as she'd like. Myself, I had the apple tart with homemade vanilla ice cream and caramel. My fiance ended up stealing most of it out of jealousy as the ice cream was amazing. After all of that and a decaf cappucino we got out of there for about $157 before tip. Service was generally fine, water never went dry and such. I don't think we'd go again if for no other reason than there's so many other places we want to try. If we did go again we'd probably split a pizza at the bar with a glass of wine or something. I don't have a lot of French places to compare it to, it was better than Sandrine's if only because of the foie gras, if only a little. Though honestly, for all that it cost, I think the Elephant Walk is probably a better deal.

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