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Porcupine-Report (long-ish)

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Porcupine-Report (long-ish)

Dave | Apr 4, 2005 07:35 PM

Went to dinner this past Friday evening at Porcupine. We walked in at 7:45 to find that the people taking our reservation had lost it. Hmmm, methought, an auspicious start to the night. Luckily, the host said he could fit us in, in what turned out to be an extremely comfortable corner banquette table. I thought at the time that it was absurd that he had to "fit us in", since the place was about 1/4 full. By 9:00 the restaurant was completely packed and extremely loud.

Anyhow, on to the meal. Our waiter was professional and nice, although the kitchen was very slow in bringing out our appetizers. We ordered the roasted cauliflower and the roasted mushrooms en papillote w/ chestnut crepes to start. As an aside, someone who worked there must have read an earlier Chowhound post complaining about the lack of explanation accompanying the mushroom appetizer (and subsequent mouthfuls of parchiment paper), since I got a warning when mine arrived that the paper was inedible. The cauliflower dish was served with some sort of flavored mayo, but to be honest I didn't get more than one bite of the dish in (it was good) as I was busy with the mushrooms. I really enjoyed the dish--the mushrooms were roasted with chunks of chestnut and lots of fresh thyme and went nicely with the crepes.

We tried the roasted whole Dorade and the rabbit ragu over hand-cut noodles for the mains. Overall, I would say that the mains appeared to be, and tasted, much less interesting and adventerous than the appetizers. The dorade was served with some sauteed bok choy, and overall it was a nice, simple piece of fish with some nice veggies, but nothing to write home about. The rabbit ragu was quite good, a nice homey-tasting stew for a cold night, but again nothing heart-stopping. The hand-cut noodles, however, were quite good.

Anyhow, for the price point I was quite happy with the food. We had wine by the glass, so I did not even peek at the wine list. Judging by the glass I had, I'd hazard it was full of inexpensive wines at moderate prices. I enjoyed the meal and will return, but then again I live close by.

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