We hadn't been to Nan for a while - often we would neglect to have called ahead for a reservation - but tonight we got there, and all four of us had an excellent dinner.
All four appetizers were outstanding. It was difficult to make a choice. The ones we ended up with were:
the cucumber soup, a summer special that is the best cucumber soup I know
escargots in puff pastry, always delicious
the crabcake special, full of crabmeat, and in an eat-to-the-last-drop sauce
the mussels special, steamed, chilled, and served with a topping that I would eat on anything (I had one of my husband's, and I'm not a mussels eater ordinarily)
Our entrees were equally great:
two of us had the duck breast special, and they are especially good at duck breast. Lean, tender, wonderful sauce. I asked, because this used to be on the menu, and although it is a special, they always have it.
the regular duck breast, which my husband said was the best he ever had
the rack of lamb, marvelous as usual
Somehow we managed some desserts: a blueberry crumb torte, a strawberry rhubarb torte, and the blueberry sorbet, all excellent. We passed up my favorite, the apple tart in puff pastry with caramel sauce, in order to try something new. (Flo, if you're reading this, one tiny suggestion: the whipped cream with the strawberry rhubarb torte should be less sweet.)
Summer is a good time to go to Nan; it is not as crowded and easier to get a weekend reservation. My husband gets there for lunch and loves the lemon grass soup and the pad thai.
BYOB, entrees mostly in the teens - filet and rack of lamb in the low twenties.
We weren't sharing these courses family style (it may have sounded that way) but any of us could have had anything someone else was eating.
We've been going there for a long time, but now we'll make it our business to get there more often.