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Raleigh Restaurant Week

raleighchow | Aug 30, 2009 06:17 PM

Anyone else take advantage of this week? I would love to hear your experiences. I tried two places. First was Fins:

I have eaten at Fins before for lunch. As a matter of fact, probably the best sandwich I've ever eaten is the Vietnamese pork sandwich that Fin's serves up at lunchtime. However, I hadn't tried Fins for dinner. Restaurant week this week seemed like the ideal time to try Fins for dinner.

We went on Friday night at 6:15. Service was excellent. Food was very good. Due to restaurant-week, there was a $30 pre-fixe menu that we went with. I got the tuna tartare. Other two members of my party got the corn potage with crabmeat. The soup, which I tried, had a very strong corn flavor. They were both pleased with it. My tuna tartare was served on a lettuce leaf with pickled ginger and taro root chips. At first I thought it was a bit boring, but mix the pickled ginger in with the tuna and it really came alive.
Entrees were good also. I had a shrimp filled agnoloti with tomato and spinach, with creamy garlic. Very light and flavorful. The other two in my party had sea bass with shitake glaze & eggplant. They liked it. Dessert for two of us was a banana cinnamon cake with chocolate sauce and it was served with coconut sorbet, but they were kind enough to give me mango sorbet instead, as I don't care for coconut. Surprisingly light and not too sweet. Very nice. Coffee took 8 minutes or so, which was a slight disappointment for us, especially the one who got the cherry dessert who wanted the coffee to offset the sweetness. For the price and quality, this was a DEAL. With two glasses of wine and the coffee, my dinner was around $50 before tip. Very nice! I would not hesitate to go back to Fins for lunch or dinner.

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