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RW - Pigalle

bgavin | Aug 8, 2007 06:38 AM

All in all, a very good meal and a great evening. We had never been there before and were impressed. The place does remind you a bit of Paris, probably not the Pigalle neighborhood, but definitely Paris. We would certainly go back; any deficiencies I noticed may have been a function of RW.

{The menu is slightly different than what Restaurant Week organizers posted on line.}

For starters, I had a steak tartare, which incurred a $5.00 supplement – definitely worthwhile, since I passionately love steak tartare. It is offered with a fried egg, which turned out to be a whole egg, that must have been very lightly boiled, then shelled, then coated in very fine breadcrumbs (maybe panko) and lightly fried. I love neat innovative surprises like that. Doug has the duck liver terrine, which he was thrilled with. I had a small taste and thought the terrine was very rich, flavorful and smo-o-o-th!

For our entrees, Doug chose the olive encrusted leg of lamb and I had the pan fried striped bass. Doug definitely had the better selection – his lamb was perfectly on the rare side of medium rare. The olive thing was subtle, so our fears of some briny salty thing were totally unfounded. I had the striped bass, which was served with a summer gazpacho. The fish was, unfortunately, overcooked and dry. The gazpacho had the consistency of a salsa, rather than a soup, which was fine. It presented very nicely on the plate, but I found the gazpacho to be only OK, the tomatoes lacked flavor, especially considering it is August. The whole thing needed salt, which I had to request. Doug definitely won the entrée prize!

For dessert, I had the lemon tart with fresh blueberries, which was lovely. It was more like a lemon mousse or a light lemon custard than a tart (there was no pastry shell). It tasted fabulous. I guess I would have wished for more than 6 blueberries. Doug had the vanilla cake with fresh fruit, which was only OK. So I won the dessert prize.

The service was very good on the whole. Two strange things, though. One is that we were given one piece of (excellent!) bread but never offered another. I know Doug would have loved a piece of bread to mop up his lamb gravy. And I had had almost no lunch, so I was just plain hungry and would have eaten another piece of bread.

The other thing is that we were never offered coffee. Like many places during RW, you order your dessert with the rest of the meal. So after our entrees were cleared, dessert appeared, not via *our* waiter. I would have considered another glass of wine, and we both wanted coffee, but nada. I figured that, like in Paris, we would be offered coffee after dessert. Nope, after dessert, another strange face left a check. Not worth making a fuss over.

We each had a fancy cocktail to start (fun and delicious, $12 each) and one glass of wine. The bill ended up at $127 for the two of us. As I said, a great evening and a very good meal.

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