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Tocqueville - Report (longish)

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Tocqueville - Report (longish)

CTownFeedR | Mar 5, 2003 08:03 AM

Had the pleasure of going to Tocqueville on Monday and since the previous reports on the board are from a few years ago, I thought I'd give an update.

Decor wise, the main dining room is pleasantly soft in lighting and feel. There was a bit of Miles playing in the background, and the ambiance was very relaxed. Had I been on a date, this would have been most welcomed.

Now to the chow. I started with a special sashimi tasting platter which included a Kumamoto Oyster in red wine sauce, smaller portions of the salmon three ways (fresh, smoked, caviar), a nice sliver of hamachi, and a truly beautiful piece uni; large, fresh and richly satisfying. Fresh grated wasabi added a nice touch. My companion had the special black truffle risotto, full with the taste of the truffles. Another excellent choice.

For my main, I had the 60 second steak (props to Craig on my earlier post for the recommendation on this one). One side was nicely seared and seasoned, the other raw. A black and blue steak lovers dream. The meat was tasty, tender, and the portion almost too large. The raw egg to the side atop the cheddar biscuit added an almost steak tartar (I'll having my steak tartar medium please - hahaha. sorry I digress) feeling to the dish (something I didn't mind one bit). My companion had the striped bass entree, which I didn't try. She noted that it was very good.

For desert, we decided we would share the cheese plate. Our waiter suggested that they craft a special desert along a similar vein. It was a 1/4 bosc pear, roasted, with aged balsamic, served warm with a creamy, fragrant cheese and peppercorns draped over it. Completely decadent and very tasty. A perfect combination of salty, sweet, and spicy.

A definite recommend if you’re in the hood.

S

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