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Overtures review, dissapointed

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Overtures review, dissapointed

SG | Apr 14, 2002 10:08 AM

Made it to dinner tonight at Overtures and overall impression in my party of four was disappointing.

First impressions as we walked in were the elegant décor, silverware and china were laid out much like the higher end French places. Menus were distributed followed by an in depth introduction from the host, being our first time there we appreciated her recommendations. Here’s what we ended up with:

Appetizers: ($8.50 – 12)
Escargots – not bad enjoyed it with the toast, although I think the escargots were the canned variety
Smoked duck and Roquefort salad – nice variety of greens, mesclun mix, endive, boston lettuce, grape tomatoes. Complains though, mesclun greens were somewhat withered and tomatoes seemed like they were past their prime. Did not sense much smoky flavour in the duck.
Crab cakes – crab cakes were shaped more like latkes which was interesting unlike any I’ve seen before but found them runny and sauce did not stand out
Lobster and scallops in riesling sauce – lobster and scallops were perfectly cooked; sauce though could have been more flavorful

Entrees: ($28 – 30)
Filet mignon – don’t remember the sauce and thought that it was good but not great
Venison in peppercorn sauce – venison was well prepared but sauce again was almost non descript
Grilled veal chops – well prepared but same sauce problem and could have done a better job trimming off the fat
Baby rack of lamb – again well prepared but again the sauce.

Dessert: (forgot to check $)
Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce – mousse like, not bad
Chocolate and meringue cake – the standout for the night
Crème brulee – nice and creamy but did a poor job on the crust which was barely caramelized.

Service was attentive but never obtrusive, never had to ask to refill our water, plates were cleared in timely manner, one of the better wait staff in the city.

I went with a “temporarily unemployed” couple promising good food and value but am more inclined to place this restaurant in the top quartile in terms of prices. Certainly not a bargain I initially had the impression of. Also whilst the actual ingredients were well prepared, the sauces for the entrees were really very disappointing and completely distracted from the overall experience. As for appetizers which we’ve found to always be the most interesting course, failed to elicit any rave comments.

By the end of the meal we were reminiscing other favorites ie. Bistro St. Tropez, Blue Angel, Brasserie Perrier, Le Bar Lyonnais and the much missed Ciboulette and unfortunately felt that Overtures fell short in comparison in terms of food and value.

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