Went to Nora last night for dinner. I had the vegetarian tasting menu. The first course of a salad with roasted plums was probably the best offering -- the plums were really delicious and perfectly prepared. The second course, a squash-blossom tempura filled with tofu and a ginger dipping sauce was insufficiently flavorful and the tempura batter a bit greasy. The main course was a wild mushroom risotto -- the mushrooms were fantastic and the risotto acceptable, but the flavors were unnecessarily complicated by the addition of overcooked carrots and squash. I had a forgettable warm chocolate souffle that was identical to every other "molten" chocolate cake I've had in the past three years -- should have had the berries with champagne sauce.
My husband had a spicy but boring Mexican-inspired tomato soup with crab for his first course, and a surprisingly tough piece of duck for the second course. Worst was his dessert -- a chocolate "mousse" cake that was essentially an Entenmann's yellow layer cake with chocolate. Really sub-par.
We drank a very nice Brickhouse Gamay for $44.
While it wasn't a bad meal, for $200, I would like a firework or two. On an expense account, perhaps I'd go back and try something else -- but maybe not. Service was fine if unexceptional. I posted a message here on Cashion's Eat Place yesterday, and really, we were far more impressed there. It's not fine dining, but we had a better meal for half the price.