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Tocqueville - review

calconscious | Jan 23, 201102:03 PM

Went to Tocqueville this past Saturday. The staff was very pleasant and warm without being intrusive but the food I felt was mixed.

Shared food with my partner - so we had the butternut squash risotto (appt. size) and it was delicious - creamy without being mush and the mushrooms were just the correct amount of earthy flavor - also had the special appt of the day - a caviar topped poached egg - extremely good but not sure it was worth the $60.00 supplemental - I expected a bit more flavor to the caviar it was good but leaned toward t he bland side.

For our entrees - the Black Sea Bass was excellent and the broccoli rabe was excellent - pungent without dripping in olive oil - but the big disaster of the night was the crispy chicken and porcini mushroom - others raved about it (so I guess that's why there are 31 flavors) - I found it horrible. It felt processed - like it came from a supermarket freezer. I am really only writing this to let others know that not everyone likes this dish and I think the raves that I read on Chowhound need to be tempered. For me it was a huge rubbery tasteless mess - no nuance of flavor or sense of freshness to it. We were fighting over the sea bass and rabe!

I am glad we went - but probably wouldn't seek it out again - too many other choices in this city.

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