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Wowed at Roxanne's

gordon wing | Nov 7, 2002 10:57 AM

Monday night we went to Roxanne's to see what all the fuss is about. Before I go on I will say that we went with a friend who is a business acquaintence of the restaurant GM. That being said, the level of service was high throughout the restaurant and everybody seemed to be enjoying their food as much as we did. We were very impressed with the scope of the menu - we had an enhanced version of the Chef's tasting menu that reminded me of the French Laundry in it's own way. The GM and the chef de cuisine have both worked at the Chicago Ritz Carlton - they know what they're doing. Early on in the dinner I decided to stop analyzing the food and just enjoy the beautiful morsels that were being presented to us. The flavors were bright, clean and very tasty. Started with an herbal potion - the Unwind was a mellow blend with passionfruit, guava, strawberry, lemon balm, etc....others tried the Diamond Mind (for mental clarity & memory) with amaretto java, ginkgo biloba, schizandra and Siberian ginseng root - pleasant but the Unwind was more interesting. Tomatoes - 4 ways - was the first presentation: a large square white plate that had four smaller white square plates - each with a different tomato presentation....one had some 100 year old balsamic vinegar - good tomato flavors through out. I can't remember the exact order so I'm just going to list the dishes we sampled .... a Mediterranean plate with three items: dolma, hummus, greek salad. Sea vegetable salad. Thai sampler plate: Pad Thai noodles (young coconut), summer roll & Thom Kha Soup. Summer fruit soup. Hearts of Romaine salad (Caesar like). Lasagna terrine. Mango sorbet. Dessert fourplex: apple/huckleberry compote, a chocolate banana thing, chocolate layered creation and a lovely creme brulee. Quite an evening - we were there for three and a half hours. Definitely worth a visit. The health benefits are an added bonus.

Link: http://www.roxraw.com

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