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Renoir - not quite

johnnyboy | Dec 16, 201110:52 AM

I tried Renoir for the first time last night - a disappointment, frankly. Had the Menu du Jour, which was a roasted baby leek appetizer and a rable de lapin. The baby leek was fine, though rather minuscule, and served on a bed of dark grain-like things (sorry for the technical terms), some of which appeared to not have be properly cooked (crunchy, in an undesirable way). The rable was a rather thin slice of rabbit bits rolled around a small bit of mushy foie gras. The edible rabbit meat went down in about two small mouthfuls, the rest was unedible gristly bits throughout which small sharp bones were scattered. This was served with an onion tarte tatin, a nice idea, and the onion part was good, but it contained several twigs of a very hard herb (probably thyme) which I had to spit out otherwise they would have stuck in my craw. Occupying half of the plate was a large amount of chick pea emulsion, which tasted essentially of cloves - lots, and lots, of cloves, very bitter and unpleasant. My companion had the angus steak, which was nice, but how can you mess up a steak ? Although they did bring him the wrong side dish. The only saving grace was dessert, we both had a chou pastry with a chocolate filling, which was thoroughly delicious.
There is some talent in that kitchen, and good intentions, but frankly the execution was way, way off - with mistakes that are unforgiveable for an establishment billing itself as haute cuisine.

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