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Thanks for the rec/George experience

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Thanks for the rec/George experience

Vince | Apr 15, 2005 11:41 PM

Thanks to those who recommended George for my girlfriend and my romantic nite out. It was a wonderful experience beginning with the warm welcome of the hostess. She was very charming and set a comfortable tone for the two of us as we were seated and informed us that this was the first night of their spring menu.

The space I found stunning. You could pick out the old brick of this converted space peeking through with the warm coloured walls. The seating was nicely spaced: cozy without being to densely packed. We were happily seated in a spot that was adequately far enough from the next table that we could have an intimate conversation without having to resort to whispers and lip reading to not disturb our neighbors. And the action in the kitchen was in full view as we progressed to the back of the room. Maybe next time we can get a seat overlooking the open kitchen.

I had read in some reviews that the service can be hit and miss at George, but we obviously lucked out with hit service. He was kind enough to put up with all the questions I had regarding this different style of menu offers. It was also nice to be in a restaurant where I didn't feel pressured to pair my food with wine as I don't drink alcohol.

We each ordered as per the chef's recommendations of three courses. Our meal began with an amuse of ricotta and celeriac puree with a prosciutto vinegarette. Very tasty start!

I began with my first course of vanilla cured duck breast. It was presented beautifully sliced and mounded on a long dish atop a brunoise of vegetable, a biteful of tangy slaw and a puree atop a cracker. I wish I could tell you what the puree was but I was distracted by the plate when the server was describing the items. My gf had a neat red romaine salad presented as rolled salad leaves with a sharp tasty dressing. This was sided with a quenelle of olive tapenade and a zucchini tart. My gf wasn't too impressed with the tart and ended up trading my cracker and mystery puree. I didn't argue and enjoyed the tart.

Second course: For me, a little bowl of ricotta gnocchi stirred with mushrooms, peas and oven roasted grape tomatoes. These were superbly fluffy and very hard for me to share even a taste with the so. I nonetheless relented so that I may try here warm white asparagus sandwiched between two little mini-crepes. Yummy!!

Third course: I chose a veal tenderloin with a spicy sauce. Or so the menu said as I did not detect any heat in the accompanying sauce. However, I'm adapted to very spicy foods so may not be aware how spicy the sauce may actually be, but given how tasty it was all was forgiven. This was sided by a quenelle of brunoised vegetable that seemed identical to that on the first course. On the bottom however was an interesting interpretation of a potato pave presented as a long rectangular raft for the veal and sauce. My gf opted for the jasmine scented pork tenderloin sliced into medallions and sided by that ubiquitous vegetable brunoise again. Additional to that was a puck of mashed potato with a crispy outer coat. This was the tastiest and most juicy pork I've ever tasted. I only dream of being able to do it like this at home.

We were initially worried that three courses of food would provide overwhelming, but with the small appetizer sized plates ended up to be just right. My gf was sated at this point, but I knew to keep room for dessert. So we ended up sharing a plate called Strawberries and Cream Tasting. A plate with three treats: A tiny baked alaska made with strawberry ice cream and a browned meringue outercoat; a strawberry sabayon; and a delectable strawberry frangipane. We had a fork fight at the table over the last treat.

Seeing a camera on the table, the waiter asked if we wanted our photo taken. This was a very nice attentive gesture that we thought put the icing on the great service of the night.

Three courses each, a shared dessert, mineral water and a glass of wine for the gf came to $140. A bargain imo for a wonderful night out.

Would we come back? That's a certainty we gave to the hostess we exited back toward our hotel. Thanks again for a great rec!

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