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Myth Report (long)

Oakland Barb | Dec 18, 200501:13 AM

We finally made it to Myth this evening.
Among the choices had been Ame and Kokkari, an old stand by.
As we attended a concert at Grace Cathedral, we arrived shortly after they opened. I hadn't seen the space and thought it attractive. The techno music that played incessantly was another matter!
As we had originally planned on dinning later, the staff was very accommodating and seated us immediately. Our waiter was efficient and pleasant.
We began the meal sharing the cauliflower soup. I always appreciate it when the kitchen splits an order into two bowls. We were also sharing the garganelli pasta with fois cream as a first, and our waiter noticed we were waiting to eat that and took it back and had it remade. All in all the service was very good.
The soup was rich and tasty. The pasta would have benefited from the mushrooms that had to be left out because of my (very sad) mushroom allergy. I would not recommend this dish with out them and would have preferred it with a lighter pasta.
I had the beef cheeks. I was very surprised to find them very spare and not the least bit unctuous- the whole reason I order beef cheeks. The pairing with basmati rice was very strange, to my mind. This should be a rich dish, but it was not that at all. My husband had the pork tenderloin and we spent some time trying to remember what the starch was that he was eating. It was just not self evident! It was listed (we looked after the fact) as egg dumplings, but again this dish lacked any richness at all.
For dessert we had the quince and pear strudel and spiced apple soufflé, and once again felt these fell flat- no richness! It wasn't that they weren't "good", they just weren't extraordinary.
One side note. The tables are very nicely spaced, but we had a couple seated next to us, one of who was wearing an overpowering scent. This was no ordinary scent, it was musky and threw off the flavors of our food, if we turned in their direction. I imagine I don't have to ask the 'hounds not to do this!

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