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Rockenwagner review

Just Larry | Apr 10, 2004 12:56 PM

Four of us had dinner Friday at Rockenwagner. The room has a nice rustic/contemporary look and we had a nice table at the center of things. We selected a 1999 Syrah at just under $40.00 that was remarkable. Good balance of fruit, acid, tannin and oak. Great value. I ordered the special app. of Smoked Salmon with White Asparagus. Sounded great but it was soaked in truffle oil and bits of black truffle. It was a very confused dish. I love each of these things separately but they have no business on a plate together. The asparagus dish with 4 sauces was well received and the mushroom salad was good. The whole spears of Belgian Endive really helped the dish. Entrees were Bass over potato/greenpepper risotto. It was actually cubes of potato and bell pepper. So oversalted there is no way that the chef is tasting the food. 2 others ordered the Veal Goulash with Spatzle. It was very tender but the sauce tasted like pure bell pepper. Not the best version of this dish. Pear Tart Tatin had pear slices that were completely tasteless on a remarkably soggy crust. Warm chocolate tart with sour cherry sauce was the typical tart, pretty good actually. The cherries were not sour at all. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Service was excellent and waiter seemed concerned when we mentioned how salty the potatoes were. This will be the last time I go here. Mother in law chose it for her Birthday dinner. It just isn't a good restaurant. The Room part of the restaurant didn't have one customer all night. The main dining room was about 2/3 full. Not a great showing on Main Street.

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