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Splendido Review - long

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Splendido Review - long

Jenna | Nov 22, 2004 02:36 PM

My hubby and I went to Splendido on Sat. night for his birthday. It was a great evening from the moment we arrived at the front door, to the moment we left.

About 90 seconds after sitting down at the table the host promptly returned to bring a small leather stool/table on which I could place my purse. Being the total purse freak I am, I was oh soooo impressed with this little extra touch of service.

Since it was a special evening we both decided to have the tasting menu. Although, the a la carte items were so tempting it really was a difficult decision.

The amuse bouche was two small raw scallops on a half shell; one is a light cheese sauce and the other in a miso (I think) sauce. Having never eaten raw scallops, I was very pleasantly surprised.

The first course was a bison carpaccio with walnut oil and a tiny stack of root vegetable salad. Delicate in flavour with a robust aroma of walnut essence, again, a nice first for me.

The second course was leek terrine and duck prosciutto with sweetbreads and truffle. The duck proscuitto was to die for!! I think this is now my favorite way to enjoy duck.

The third course was a seared scallop, seared nugget of black cod, and a seared slice of fois gras sitting atop a sliced mushroom circled by bento foam. Need I say more?

The fourth course was rabbit saddle wrapped in smoked bacon sitting atop a little pool of what I believe to be lentils – but I could be wrong. Whatever it was, the whole thing was delicious.

Following this course we have a lovely sorbet palette cleanser and onto the main event.

The main was a medallion of rare caribou with chestnut past, chanterelle mushrooms, and a tangy sweet jelly. There were two other items on the plate, but at the moment my memory eludes me.

We then have a lovely cheese plate with a nice LBV port. Our server was rather charming and very informative so we let him select the cheeses. We were really glad we did as he introduced us to a lovely semi-hard goat cheese from Spain that my husband loved.

And of course we finished out evening with dessert. Mine was a fig (I believe) tart topped with a creamy homemade ice cream, and my husband had panna cotta with fruit compote.

With each course we had a wine pairing. Out of the six glasses offered I enjoyed all but one. Rather unusual for me as I am hard to please when it comes to tasting menu pairings. Wine is such a personal thing and when a restaurant gets it right for my palette, I am that much more impressed.

Overall the experience from start to finish was lovely. The food was delicious, the room was beautiful, (and the tables are spaced far enough apart of have an intimate conversation with your dinning companions) and the service was impeccable.

I am sure we will go again very soon.

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