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Upstairs at the Pudding (Square?) review

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Upstairs at the Pudding (Square?) review

alex | Jun 3, 2003 08:37 AM

Boyfriend's parents took us here for his birthday dinner on Saturday night. The food was wonderful, and we were not rushed at all. Amuse bouche of thin slices crusty bread with anchovies, white beans, pine nuts was perfect. Split appetizers of oysters (clean and fresh, covered with tiny dice of cucumbers) and paperdelle with morels. We scraped the shells and the bowl clean... For dinner 2 of us had Rabbit 2 ways, which was not as wonderful as I hoped it would be. Very rich, rolled pieces of meat with crispy outsides, tasted very much of ham, sitting atop well-executed vegetables, broth and small, thick pasta. It was just very heavy and too hammy - soup-ish - tasting. However Halibut (traded plates halfway through) with crab and wafer thin slices of cooked cucumbers was so good I didn't give the plate back, poor guy. Mom had the double pork chop (from Neiman ranch) that had mustard-pineapple sauce, caused her to keep saying "this is delicious!" and I got a bite of it, it definitely was. Two hours later, we decided to share the cheese plate and one pistachio-lemon cannoli, *somehow* we managed to clean these up too. Cheese came with 2 kinds of bread, (you get to choose your cheeses) and dessert was light and creamy and cool.
Entrees are ~30-40$, so this is a pricey place. My only complaint is that the room is very loud. Mirrored ceiling is definitely throwing all the voices back at you (and the room was full) so we had a hard time hearing each other. Waitstaff wonderful, as well as barstaff downstairs, where just the 2 of us got another drink, then teetered off to a cab, very full and happy we were treated to the great meal........

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