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Urena - eh, not so much

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Urena - eh, not so much

araess | May 17, 2006 10:25 PM

Went tonight- man they really need to turn on their air conditioning in there. I felt like we were all in the kitchen. We were sat right away, everything on the menu read amazing. I got the halibut and she got the duck, we shared the foi gras ap. Bread came out quickly with a little olive oil, parsley, pickled mustard seed dipping- dunno what it was called- swear he said mohawk but he had a thick latino accent. Man it was hot in there! Still hadn't cooled down so I wasn't really into getting a wine flush- skipped it altogether. I chuckled to myself that the staff must have read the previous posts on this board regarding service, because everything was very prompt. People were knocking eachother down to fill my glass of tap water after one sip.

Then things changed. We finished the bread and got another basket and finished that before our ap came out- and we aren't big bread people. The foi gras was split into 3. One was a crispy tearjerker sized ball filled with foi gras juice which all spilled out onto the plate when we cracked it open. The second was a tarrine topped with what I thought might have been a blood orange congac reduction- way overpowering- way too pinquant for me- the third was a foi gras yogurt. Maybe they called it that because it came on the plate with the foi gras. It had raisins and mandarin in it. eh. After another span of time passed- maybe 20 minutes- we were joking they must have had to go to Alaska to catch the fish- the food came out. The halibut was okay- beets and zuccini in foam underneath it was eh- I guess the highlight? The duck was amazing- three servings worth- and the sauce on it was great. We opted out on desert and just asked for the check- which they must have also had to go to Alaska to catch. We did get a taste from the pastry chef which was cute- but alas, even almost running into ally mcbeal and han solo on the street didn't make us feel better about the 85 dollar bill. Better spent on a plane ticket to Montreal for real fine dining.

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