Restaurant week Lunch and Dinner, what was I thinking?
We started our rw eat fest at Eastern Standard. It was about 2pm and the place was mostly empty with a few tables in the DR and a few on the patio. Really nice looking room, super comfortable chairs. Meal started with nice French pointed rolls (iggys I think) with good butter. We tried some of the signature cocktails, whiskey slam, and the aviator and one other that I cant remember. All were well made and tasty. First couse for me was fried oysters with a sauce gribiche. Out standing app, oysters were lightly fried and creamy. The sauce gribiche was slightly spicy and great. My wife had the pate plate. It was you average pate plate. Nicely made rabbit terrine and a nice head cheese. All the usual accompaniments. Entrees were just as good. My wife got he sliced skirt steak with an olive sauce and mashed potato. Steak was cooked perfectly and the potato smooth and creamy. I got the Quail ballontine with a vegetable tian. The quail was wonderful. Nice forcemeat filling and a great sauce. The tian was just slices of summer squash on a disk of puff pastry. Desserts were a nice fresh fruit tart made with puff pastry, pastry cream and strawberries, blueberries and black berries. My wife had the carrot cake, which she enjoyed. Service was not rushed and was friendly.
Dinner was at Brasserie Jo. Why did I go there? I was kind of in the mood for steak frites and had not been to BJ in a long time. Service was slow. Our waiter seemed to have better things to do than wait on us. I went for the rw menu. Started with a foie gras terrine with mache dressed with truffle vinaigrette, sweet onion confit and brioche toast. Super small portion. The terrine was about the size of a half dollar and about as thick. It was however wonderfull. All the flavors were just as they should be. The onion cut the richness of the foie, and the mache had a hint of the truffle. I also ordered the escargots off the a la carte menu. They were good too, nice amount of garlic and they went down with the warm baguette that they serve. Entrees were less great. I got the double cut lamb chop and my wife had the choucroute plate. Lamb was good, nice flavor and cooked perfectly. The sides, roasted beets and some type of potato were not so good. Beets were just sweet, no other flavor and the potatoes were sliced and boiled. No flavor or texture. The choucroute was very salty all around. But the sausage was good. Dessert was a crepe filled with chocolate mousse. Mousse was good, crepe could have been used to mend the sole of my shoe. It was that thick!
I should have just ordered the steak frites.
We have reservations at Lumere for next weekend. I am looking forward to that!