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Violet... 2nd visit

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Violet... 2nd visit

cvc | Sep 23, 2004 12:43 AM

Dropped in on Violet with a friend this evening and a week after my first visit. Happy to report that all first impressions hold firm with the added obversation that the chef/owner, Jerry Simons, emphasis on the front of the house is refreshing. Michelle, the hostess/manager, remembered my name and even joked about seating us at the same table. One of the indications of thoughtful service is that the entire staff stays focused on what's going on including refilling glasses and clearing plates. The knowing runner who used to work at Spago is helping a newer trainee and the overall tone of the house is one of informed congeniality. For a total of $80 we started with flights of alternate whites for 6.50 each that included an SB, pinto grigio and reisling and my friend added a glass of Echelon merlot for 8.50. We split an order of well seasoned fries with a nice aioli for 5.00 that came with our first course of gazpacho for 5.00 and the endive/watercress salad with gorgonzola for 6.25. Both nice. I had the salmon in citrus sauce with cous cous for 13 and my friend the NY pepper steak for 17.50 that was light on pepper but served with a great hollandaise and more of those fries. Finished with the white peach tart with ice cream. We look forward to visit number 3.

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