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Surprised by Next - long

Jo | Aug 7, 2005 10:31 AM

After reading some mediocre reviews we had permanently crossed them off of our list. As luck would have it we were invited to join a group there last evening.
In short it was a delightful experience.

The bad: the floors are concrete giving it a "remolded garage" appearance.

However, the ceilings are high, decor attractive and the tables are very nicely spaced.
When we arrived at 8:00 the dining room was only 1/3 full. By 10:00 it was busy with two large parties in addition to ours. It got pretty noisy.

The food was really terrific. One can order off of the menu or get the four or six course tasting menu. The four course is $40 and six is $55. The entire party has to get the tasting menu. We got the six course and they just starting bringing out food.

First: Oysters on the half shell with some sort of plum coulis. Mussles in a terrific creamy tomato based broth with grilled pita.

Second: roasted beet with goat cheese and micro greens plus creamy potato-corn soup.

Intermezzo: lemon-cardamom sorbet with poached fruit. Fantastic.

Third: Grilled mahi mahi over tomato risotto.

Fourth: Duck breast over grilled veggies and savory broth. Really excellent

Fifth: they gave us a choice of meat or cheese. The dudes chose meat, of course. This was the only item that really missed the mark. Filet of beef over creamed spinach. The beef was tough and the creamed spinach was way too salty.

Sixth: An assortment of desserts including chocolate pistashio loaf, fruit with creme fresh and grapefruit tart. All were terrific.

The prices are generally in line with other good byos in the city. Low $20s for entrees.

They are really doing something right in the kitchen. The service was excellent as well. We will definitely return.

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