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A welcome return to Amuse

PlonkMan | Dec 6, 200404:26 PM

Went to Amuse last Friday for the first time since they were granted their long-delayed beer and wine license. Had a fabulous meal. I started with the Black Rice & Baby Octopus with stewed tomatoes & saffron aioli. Delicious. I expected a few octopodes in big bowl of rice, but the little guys dominated. Nice, firm flesh, not at all rubbery, and the tomatoes gave the dish a fine tang. Ann had a good green salad with grapefruit vinaigrette & shaved Manchego. My main course was the braised beef short rib with parsnip puree, sautéed rapini, and gremolatta. I’ve had some good short ribs around town lately, but this was the best. The rapini and parsnips (these were pure alchemy) provided a good counterpoint. Ann had the airline chicken breast with Gruyere polenta, roasted butternut squash, wild onions, and brussels sprouts leaves. Also delicious, the chicken skin perfectly crisp. This was accompanied by a good French red (I’ve forgotten the name) at a very reasonable $25. For dessert we split a panna cotta (right up there with Tanino’s) and a glass of Moscato (one glass divided into two, and I think they were generous with us.) Two people, before tip, $93. And worth it.

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