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REPORT -- lunch at Aureole


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REPORT -- lunch at Aureole

Caitlin Wheeler | Jul 12, 2001 03:57 PM

I had lunch at Aureole and it was a very nice experience. Everyone at my table had the $35 prix-fixe lunch, which had choice only in dessert. The first course was a shrimp in bloody mary granita with citron vodka. I didn't care for this dish -- perhaps it was my dislike of vodka and a bad experience with bloody mary's in college, but the flavors just didn't seem to meld well. One of my compatriots remarked on this as well, so I don't think it was just my prejudices. The second course was an robiola agnolotti with summer truffles -- this was very good -- little raviolis, with excellent tasting pasta, though the truffle flavor was not as pronounced as I would like (I know summer truffles are not as aromatic as the more precious variety, but they could be stronger than this). However, the presentation was lovely and the dish was very good. The third course -- tenderloin of beef with chanterelle risotto was excellent. The beef was tender and perfectly cooked (our table ordered it in a range from rare to medium well) and the risotto with mushrooms was delicate and rich -- a little too salty but not so much that it seriously marred the dish. We chose desserts from the regular dessert menu, and I had the roasted banana gateau, which was tasty and had some interesting surprises in terms of texture (chocolate waifers) and flavor (rum ice cream). However, there were no actual bananas in it, which was a big minus for me, since I tend to favor desserts with more oomph than layers of mousse and spongecake. The service was lovely and very gracious, and the room was beautiful. The portions were relatively small, so you left feeling full but not stuffed. I wouldn't necessarily make it a regular, but it's a nice place for lunch.

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