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RM Report: Run Do Not Walk (a little long)

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RM Report: Run Do Not Walk (a little long)

Ray O | Sep 23, 2002 02:28 PM

Went to RM Friday night with friends for dinner. Loved the food. I personally cringe as I type this, but at $55 for three courses it was an unbelievably good deal. The food is fish-centric, rounded out by some shellfish apps. and a single lonely onglet entree. We had bluepoint oysters with cucumber sorbet and tennessee paddlefish caviar - oysters were fresh and not too big (I hate when the raw oysters are enormous), sorbet delicately flavored. Smoked arctic char won raves as well. Yellowtail came in four nice-sized pieces barely cooked on the outside, cool in the middle - silky textured and flavorful. Red snapper with corn fondue (which was more like a pudding) studded with lobster meat and a single roasted skinned peeled tomato - fresh as summer. The potato-encrusted walleye with truffle oil and pickled mushrooms was delicious, but very rich. Same with the butter-poached lobster - delicious and rich. Desserts included a nectarine tarte tatin with white miso ice cream - creamy and fantastic! The pear tartlette came with aged gouda - the pear really fresh - the gouda like a parmagiano reggiano. The malted milk shake was just okay. There was a phenomenal unoaked australian chardonnay which Rick Moonen put on the wine list (Scarpantino sp?) which rocked - without the oak you really get the flavor of the grape and it really went with the lighter and heavier entrees. Rick came out at the end of dinner and chatted wih us and left us with his card for future visits - which will hopefully be soon. The service was determined to please and effusively enthusiastic - I think they're a little nervous and want you to have a good time but they may be trying a little too hard for my taste, but they were so nice it didn't affect our good time. Run do not walk before it's reviewed and the prices go up and the crowds appear.

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