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Pumpkin - Had a great meal tonight - Review

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Pumpkin - Had a great meal tonight - Review

Ed | Oct 22, 2004 11:23 PM

I wanted to post this before I forgot the details.

Just went to Pumpkin tonight(Fri.). Party of 4 houndish-type people. Fabulous meal! Simple and delicious. I felt like I was eating in Italy or France - fresh flavors from fresh ingredients. The menu is small, the selections were varied and all sounded nice. We were told that the menu changes frequently. Here’s what we ate and how it was:

We had 3 Appetizers:
-Mussels with a handful of roasted garlic cloves, white wine, fresh herbs on the stem, and finished with a touch of cream. Really great.
-Grilled scallops and asparagus. My friend hoarded the scallops and let us taste only the grilled asparagus – crispy with a distinct grill flavor – nicely done! I really wanted to try the scallops, oh well!
-Grilled quail (boned) with a fig and balsamic sauce. Another dish grilled to perfection with great flavor and texture. It didn’t need the sauce, which was very good.

Here are the entrees we had:
-Bronzino, grilled of course,with fresh herbs in the cavity. Very crispy skin – you want to eat it all, like Peking duck. Flesh cooked perfectly and still able to remove it cleanly from the bones.
-Seafood stew with clams, other seafood, and a luscious seafood broth. This was my friend’s dish and by the time I got to taste it, only clams and broth remained. I sopped it up with the bread.
-Braised short ribs served with butternut squash puree and sautéed greens with mirepoix. Hearty and satisfying. Great taste and texture – loved it. Vegetable side dishes stood up well on their own.

Overall, a fabulous meal, we will be returning. BTW,we ate early in the evening before it got too busy. Since the kitchen was open, I went back and complemented the chef – not a typical behavior of mine. He wondered why more people don’t walk into the kitchen and visit.

These are nice folks and they run a great restaurant. This place deserves to succeed.

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