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Nectar: A review

Tweaked | Nov 14, 2003 10:39 AM

My friend and I hit Nectar last night...did not disappoint!

The menu consists of 6 appetizers, 6 entrees, 6 desserts, and an intelligent wine list which offers almost every wine by the glass, half bottle, and full bottle. Dinner opened with a selection of 4 breads served table side on a silver platter and a small ramakin of very rich farm butter mixed with sea salt.

Pumpkin, yogurt and crisp sweetbreads soup: Small morsels of crispy sweetbreads in a pool of yogurt arrived in a bowl in to which pumpkin puree is decanted tableside.

Raw tuna topped with sun dried tomato, pine nuts, and basil. A long thin slice of ruby red tuna, topped with a mixture of sun dried tomato, pine nuts and basil.

Duck with cabbage, potato and caraway. Sliced duck breast cooked to the ordered medium rare, and served with a round of cabbage and potatoes and a caraway sauce. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the accompaniments really worked with the duck.

Hanger Steak, mushrooms, potato and spinach. A healthy serving of medium rare hanger steak, with porcini mushrooms, sauteed fingerling potatoes and a spinach puree. This was a dish that really worked! The waiter also suggested a very tasty 1999 Finca Sobreno.

Cheese Plate. A serving of five cheese
Valencay, a goat cheese which we found to be a bit bland.
Coulommiers, a brie style cheese with citrus notes that was excellent.
Lincolnshire Poacher, a hard cheddar style cheese from England, also excellent.
Beenliegh Blue, just not a fan of blue cheese at all, so I won't comment.
Trou Du Cro, described as stinky, and really perhaps the highlight for its addictively pungent yet creamy flavor.
Although the cheese plate was served with a slice of toasted raisin bread, we wished for little fruit to round the plate off.

Fall Fruit Cobbler with Warm White Russian Milkshake
Almost souffle-like in its tenderness, filled with blueberries, backberries, raspberries and apple. Served with a glass of white russian milkshake, that really has to be tried to appreciate how good it is.

Dinner was rounded off with a strong cup of Kenya AA coffee.

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