I've always wanted to try Brasserie Perrier and there is no better time than Restaraunt Week where you get a three course meal for $30. When you enter you have a large bar on your left and some seating on your right. I think that seating is the smoking area. Everyone is dressed in a really smart black outfit and they have a coatman that grabs your jacket as soon as you enter.
Once seated the waterboy came over to fill our glasses. My girlfriend was bothered by how close the tables were and while it didn't bother me, it was impossible to have a private conversation. I overheard a few conversations and I was sure the old couple 8 inches away from us were listening to ours.
Anyway, onto the food...
Since it's Restaraunt Week you get to choose from a set menu. For our appetizers we shared the following:
Braised Escargots with Pistachio and Chartreuse Butter, Brioche Croutons. If you've never had Escargots you'd probably be surprised at their texture. I was the first time I had them because they're like a really tender meat. I was expecting more of a clam / mussel like feel. The escargot had a nice flavor and a great texture. Very good. They rested on the Brioche Croutons and everything combined to a great flavor.
We also shared House Made Cavatelli Pasta Pancetta & Baby Shrimp, Basil Pesto. This was really good too. The shrimp/pasta and pesto combined to a great taste. Another big thumbs up here.
For our meals the girlfriend had a veal entree for an additional $10. It was very good. They surprised us by asking how she wanted the veal done. After we appeared stumped he mentioned that the chef recommends Medium. Instead of a thin slice of veal that is breaded, this looked more like a pork loin. It was really red in the middle and sliced in 1/4" thick pieces. Wow. Amazing. The veal was absolutely fabulous and in this amazing sauce. I don't remember what the sauce was but WOW. It came with green beans and white asparagus. I was not a fan of the white asparagus. The very tip tasted great but the rest had more on an onion taste. It wasn't unpleasant, just not what I wanted.
I went with Oven Roasted Wild Striped Bass with Grilled Calamari Salad, Orzo Pasta and Vermouth Sauce. This was great too. The bass was cooked to perfection. The skin was crisp and the fish was fabulous. The Calamari salad (a few calamari sprinkled on top of the bass) didn't really add anything to the meal but it didn't subtract either. The vermouth sauce was great and I made sure to scoop up every piece of pasta because of it.
For dessert BeachGirl went with Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with Streusel Topping and Vanilla Ice Cream. This was very good but was more of a muffin than a bread pudding. The bread puddings I've had were always less firm and this just wasn't the consistancy I was hoping for. It was mildly warm but more of a 'fresh bun warm' than a 'fresh out of the oven' warm. Good but not amazing.
I went with Brasserie Perriers Classic Crème Brulée and was happy with it. It was probably the best Crème Brulée I've had BUT not by far. Most Crème Brulées are very similar in my opinion. Again, good but not amazing.
Overall the entrees were amazing while the appetizers and desserts were just good/very good.