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Rochester MN - Chardonnay

AB | Aug 4, 200405:56 PM

My sig other and I decided to cough up some cash and try Chardonnay for a date night. In a word... DON'T.

The building was lovely, and would have made for nice ambiance had we not been the last diners there (had an 8:30 weekend reservation.)

I had a veal chop split and stuffed with proscuitto and cheese. The cheese was a gloppy pizza-mozzerella variety, and the sear on the veal was marred by too much grease. My soup was not memorable, and my sig.oth. had a steak that was mediocre at best. It was too far done for rare and was of a quality that was acceptable, but not appropriate for someplace that bills itself as upscale. Certainly it was not a better cut of meat than could be purchased at the local supermarket and cooked to better effect at home. If you're going to spend $100-150 on dinner for two, there are wonderful meals to be had in the twin cities.

Dessert, however, was outstanding. While our meat was not distinguished, our desserts were balanced, nuanced, and made from good ingredients. Their extensive wine list has some nice half-bottles, making Chardonnay an excellent destination for dessert and half a bottle of champagne.

Bottom line: Make yourself a salad at home then go here to splurge on dessert.


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