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The Public - Loved it!

Clare K. | Jul 5, 2005 04:50 PM

Was up from LA and had dinner at the Public on Saturday night. We were seated promptly (made reservations) upstairs, loved the atmosphere. Great music but not too loud, and the art on the walls were so cool we actually asked about the artist.

First up I had the butter lettuce salad with avocado vinegarette. My friend had a mixed greens with blue cheese salad. Both excellent. There wasn't too much avocado, like at some places - and the pieces were bite sized which I liked. Sometimes when restaurants serve salad with half of an avo on top, it's a bit tough to maneuver. My friend's blue cheese salad was also done just right: just the right amount of dressing and blue cheese, not too overpowering.

For dinner I had the duck sugo (thanks for the recommendation, btw!) which was fantastic! The duck was melt-in-your-mouth tender but not mushy, and the wide pasta noodles were perfectly aldente. Such flavor!! I haven't had a pasta dish that good since I was at Babbo in NYC and had the pasta with wild boar ragu. I can say the duck sugo rivals Mario Batali's dish! My friend had the wild salmon with some sort of big, white beans - they looked like white fava beans. Very tasty and cooked to perfection.

For dessert we split the chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce. Chewy and soft at the same time, it was bread pudding just the way I like it - not too wet. Crusty on the outside and moist on the inside with a deep chocolate flavor. Went well with the tawny port.

For 4 Grey Goose cocktails, 1 tawny port, plus the above, the bill was $105 not including tip. Not too bad, if you ask me. It's so rare that every single dish served is as good as it was here, it was worth it.

Looking forward to my next visit...

CK

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