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Pascal's - Newport Beach

Jase | Jun 6, 200507:34 PM

Wife and I had dinner there the other night.

We both had the wild mushroom soup with creme fraiche and truffle oil. Good flavor and not overly rich.

She then had the pork rillette and pate while I had the escargo cassoulet. I really liked the richness of the cassoulet but the beans were a touch hard. The rillette and pate were average.

For entrees I had the hanger steak with a pinot and shallot sauce with roasted tomato and blue cheese. She had the scallops. The scallops were cooked just right with the nice crust and still tender inside. My steak was med rare, sauce was tasty but the shallot flavor was weak. The blue cheese was surprisingly mild. I was expecting something with more character.

Dessert was flourless choc cake with espresso sauce. I had the cheese plate. I love the breadth of cheese selections here. They always have over a dozen and selections that I don't hardly see anyone in OC carry. Murray's in NY maybe but definitely not OC. The cake was one of the better renditions I had, good dense with a solid choc flavor. The espresso sauce however I thought lacked a good coffee bite to counteract the strong choc taste.

Service was solid not outstanding. Nice ambience and low lighting for a pleasant experience for the most part. I could have done without the three different parties who held cell phone conversations, one of them chit chatting with the nordstrom's salesperson who sold her a shirt earlier.

Pascal's always strikes us as a good dependable place for a nice quiet dinner.

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