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Starlu in Durham, NC

P & E | May 20, 200511:43 PM

My boyfriend and I are on vacation from the SF Bay Area, and just returned from a dinner at Starlu. Overall, our review is a little mixed, but we both agree that we would go back. The staff seems inexperienced; white wine glasses were brought for a bottle of Napa Cab Franc. Service was innocuously inconsistent.
Ok, ok, on to the important stuff...the appetizers were great...we had a calamari salad, which consisted of calamari fried in sesame oil on top of a bed of watercress, cilantro, green onions, and jalapenos. I know, it sounds like almost too much stuff going on, but it somehow worked. You could actually taste the calamari, and I loved it even more as I continued to eat. Our other appetizer was three fried risotto balls with a mashed mixture of peas and ricotta, served with a carrot puree and browned sage. Our only complaint was the stickiness of the fried outer layer of risotto. Our entrees were the ribeye and the Alaskan cod. The ribeye was almost perfectly cooked (medium rare) but the quality of the steak was not great. The cod was really nothing extraordinary. Our desserts were a creme brulee and homemade ice-cream and sorbet. While the creme brulee was pedestrian, the orange-ginger ice-cream was out of this world!
As you can tell, we enjoyed the appetizers and the desserts a bit more than the entrees. Seems to be the case for us at most restaurants. All in all, Starlu is definitely worth a try.

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