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Troquet and Catal (in one night--Reviews-longish)

Funwithfood | Jul 18, 200403:52 AM

It had been 4 years since we had last been to Troquet in South Coast Plaza. Our first experience was a lovely and memorable 9 course prix fixe with matching wines.

When I walked in tonight I observed that the environs were LESS elegant before (so much for the recent remodel!).

We ordered martinis and I found them to be somewhat pedestrian. (I can make them better at home.)

The Tomato and Tuscan Bread Soup with EVOO and Parmesan was very nice, albeit a bit acidic for my taste--but very fresh-tasting.

My entree was the Daube of Veal Cheeks and Pan-Roasted Onglet "Hanging Steak" with Mushroom Risotto and Veal Jus. Because I have never had veal cheeks, I did not know what to expect. The Server described the meat as very tender, which it was not. They had neither a pleasing texture, nor flavor. Maybe I need to try them prepared by another chef.

Hubbie had the Local Halibut with Fingerling Potatoes, White Corn, Morels and Preserved Lemons with Sauce Beurre Blanc. The flavors worked very nicely together, but the fish was a bit over-cooked IMO.

Our server was very nice. He gave us a lot of personal attention (there were only 8 parties in the entire restaurant!).

We were debating between two wines and asked for his opinion. He said he would ask his Manager (the surly man working on paperwork at the bar--on a Saturday night!) It would have been nice for the Manager to stop by, but he stayed at the bar working on paperwork.

In sum, it was a very disappointing experience (for $200!). I can no longer recommend this restaurant to friends. Perhaps the restaurant is better suited for a "nice place for lunch".


We decided to get dessert at the Napa Rose (at Disneyland). The park was packed, but Napa Rose closed at 10:00 (??). The lounge was very busy, but the host would not let us order just dessert in the lounge, he said "the kitchen is closed".

So, we went to Catal in Downtown Disney. I guess I was still "left hungry" after my experience at Troquet, so we decided to order the appetizer of Crispy Crab Galette with a Creamy Corn-Bacon Soup with Herb Radish Salad and Black Truffle Oil. The galette was a bit greasy, but the Corn-Bacon Soup was "out of this world"! (We got some to take home--yum!) The Peach Cobbler For Two ($15) was just so-so, very "Denny's" IMO.

But, we had a wonderful soup, and will enjoy more again tomorrow!

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