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SD Restaurant Week - Azul

YaYa77 | Jan 16, 2006 01:44 PM

Our dining companions chose Azul for our first stop (I was hoping for Arterra).

Bartlett Pear & Walnut Salad-Mixed young lettuce with gorgonzola cheese & raspberry vinaigrette

Three of us had this salad. An extrememly generous portion of young lettuce, very, very, very lightly coated in a too-sweet vinagrette with a tablespoon of gorgonzola and two, yes two, walnuts. It was bland, and IMO such a simple salad shouldn't be hard to mess up.

Caesar Salad-Baby romaine leaves, parmesan crisp & garlic croutons

One person at the table ordered this and he made the right choice out of the two selections. Large parmesan crisp, crisp whole leaves of romaine and an excellent dressing.

Entrée Selections

Pan Seared Ruby Grouper-Basmati rice pilaf, green bean almondine with dry sherry caper sauce

One person at our table ordered this and was happy. I didn't try it but she had positive comments and ate about 2/3.

Wood Oven Roasted Flat Iron Steak-Creamy gorgonzola mashed potatoes, fresh harvest grilled vegetables with a cabernet demi-glace

Again, sounded much better than it tasted. Despite three of us ordering the steak medium, it was dried out yet still pink (oven roasting gone wrong?). The cabernet demi-glace was just okay, but the mashed potatoes were excellent.

Dessert

Tiramisu Roulade-Mascarpone & brandy filled white chiffon cake dusted with dark cocoa powder with an espresso rum crème anglaise & chocolate sauce

One person ordered this, again, made the right choice. I did not try this but it looked excellent with a nice presentation and he said it was delicious.

Banana creme brulee

This was different than the pumpkin pie napolean which was posted on the SDRW website, which I was looking forward to. Served in a martini glass the creme brulee was so thick it was nearly the consistency of cheesecake. It had an extremely thin layer of carmelized sugar on it, which was barely noticable. It was topped with two fried (dry) banana pieces. I will say that out of the three of us that ordered it, not one of us ate more than 1/4, and we are all dessert people.

I know, I know, it's Restaurant Week and they're making the same thing over and over in mass quantity, but that doesn't mean we still should have subpar meals at restaurants that are noted for their consistency. :) Our dining partners gave it a 6 on a scale of 1-10 and my fiance and I gave it a 3 or a 4. Service was EXCELLENT and our server was very attentive and fun.

Next stop, JRDN.

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