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Patou report

Susan H | Oct 29, 2004 12:41 PM

Despite the mixed reviews on this board, we tried Patou last night before a Painted Bride show. You can sign up for the frequent diner club (good also at Bistro San Tropez), and get 3 courses for $30 (extra for lobster or filet mignon) -- before 6:30 on Wed-Thur, anytime M-Tu. We started with the house salad (wonderful -- asparagus, greens, roasted peppers, grape tomato, haricot vert, nice vinaigrette) and the calimari. The calimari was very lightly breaded, served with a spicy chili sauce in a three-part dish. Sauce in center, and calimari (with fried sweet onions mixed in) split into two portions on either side, so easy to share. Entrees were an excellent half duck (crispy but not dry, no fat at all, and tender meat) and a wonderful thick slice of roast salmon. The salmon came with eggplant mush covered with roasted pepper slices, and the duck came with a huge mound of mashed yams and brocolli rabe that might have been the best I've ever had. For desserts, we tried the house chocolate cake (good, rich, not great) and the sauteed bananas -- think bananas foster in the outside parts of the three-part dish, with a scoop of berry ice cream in the middle, all of it drizzled with chocolate sauce. Yum. Excellent service, too. Whatever problems they had when they started seem to have been worked out.

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