I went to Barbette this evening with a friend and while I stuck to my favorites (salad, cheese plate and pommes frites) he ventured into new territory by ordering the lamb with sweet green curry.
Let me say that a well dressed salad is a thing of beauty and my perky fresh field greens were perfectly dressed. And though this might sound picky, I am so happy that they halved the grape tomatoes which were separately dressed in a little olive oil, basil and garlic. On such a hair challenging high humidity day it was just what I needed.
The fries rocked as they always do.
Hey, it was a cheese and fruit plate so not much to go on about there. Maybe one thing: Under the bread was a cute little surprise of raisins, currants and pine nuts. Kinda fun.
My friend who is not given to praise (I never heard him comment on food except to say "It's fine."), said when I asked him about the lamb "I think this might actually be excellent." Higher praise from a stoic can not be heard. I asked to taste the curry and it was maybe the most complex blend of flavors I've tasted in quite a while.
The waitress got extra points for asking my friend if he'd like a little bread to soak up the remaining curry sauce. The suggestion and bread were warmly received.
I guess this means I have to go back to do a little menu exploring of my own. The soup tonight was tomato watermelon and basil. Man, I wish I'd gotten it even though I don't really like cold soups. Ouch! (that's the sound of me kicking myself).
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