Family dinner tonight at SR. Pleasantly surprised when I arrived first (for a reservation for 6 people) and was seated right away.
Blood Orange martini - delicious!
Very friendly and attentive service.
Tuna Tartare with Asian flavors. This was phenomenal. The tuna was sublime - it almost melted in your mouth. Served atop sticky sushi rice and with three 'sauces' to mix in to your taste: sweet soy glaze, spicy aoli, and a wasabi cream. Really, really good.
Pumpkin ravioli in a sage brown butter sauce with pancetta - I did not taste this but the consensus around the table was that it was delicious.
Steamed mussels in a red curry / coconut milk broth. Everyone loved this as well.
Raclette cheese with cornichon, potatoes, pickled onions and mustard. If you are a fan of swiss cheese delicacies, as I am, then absolutely order this. Perfect for sharing - probably a bit much for just one person as the cheese is very intense.
Lamb steak (ordered and served medium rare) with rosemary/merlot sauce, garlicky spinach, and a potato stack. This was good, but not excellent. It was listed on the menu under the theme of cheese as the potatoes were baked with gruyere. The flavor of the lamb steak was so strong however that it overpowered almost everything else on the plate. This is not a complaint as I love lamb but I would not have classified this as a cheese dish (the Raclette above was the other cheese-themed dish).
Crispy pressed half duck with dried cherry glaze. One word - YUM! Perfectly cooked and so tasty.
Chipotle pork chop. I did not taste this as my brother ate it before I even had a chance. Needless to say he really liked it!
Beef short ribs. Again I did not have any of this but it look and smelled delicious and was thoroughly enjoyed.
Potato gnocchi with crispy duck confit and mushrooms. This was a special item tonight so I don't know if it is regularly on the menu. If it is I highly recommend it. The perfect blend of crispy and creamy textures, and a wonderful combination of flavors. Aside from the tartare it was my favorite of the night.
Seared Tuna with fennel, Garlic Confit, dried tomatoes, and Chick Pea Fries, came with an aioli on the side. This got a thumbs up as well.
Dessert (if you can believe we had room!):
Chocolate sampler - very good, especially the chocolate/hazelnut square.
Lemon Marjolaine - I love lemon when it is not too sweet and this was just tart enough for my taste.
Chocolate layer cake - not quite what my mom makes but still very good.
Whew. We all left happy and very full. This was my second visit to SR and once again it was a great experience. The concept of 'dueling' chefs is fun and, more importantly, well-executed.