The menu is set up with grazing plates, perhaps half way between an appetizer and an entree in size. Three plates for $60, four plates for $75, etc. Dessert counts as a plate'
Smoked Duck Carpaccio Topped with Brie Foam, Shaved Fennel, Baby Arugula Salad with Rosemary Poached Pears and Black Pepper Honeyed White Balsamic Vinaigrette
This was a very successful dish. Thin, pastrami like slices of pink duck breast fanned on the plate, with tastes of tart and sweet.
Black Peppered Tuna Loin, Tempura Green Beans, Pineapple Crab Fried Rice with Green Onion Toasted Macadamia Nuts, Drizzled with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Passion Fruit Vinaigrette
Liked this as well. Two substantial pieces of tuna, with a fine sear on the edge and lots of pepper in the crust. Dee liked the rice, which was generously flecked with pieces of crab and onions, topped with the nuts.
Cuban Reuben with Roasted Pork Loin, Shaved Parma Ham, Dill Pickle, Swiss Cheese Topped with Grilled Spicy Sausage, Fried Onions and Hot Mustard Vinaigrette
My favorite of the night. Exactly as described, with a think piece of pressed bread on either side. The sausage on top didn't do anything for the dish.
Panko Crusted Crabcakes with Black Bean Corn Salsa, Guacamole, Calamari and Corn Tortilla with Chipotle Lime Crème
Dee's favorite. A big, golfball sized cake served on a bed of the salsa and tortilla. Another piece of tortilla was arranged like a sail. Lots of crab, minimal filler.
Pan Seared Garlic Glazed shrimp, Fried Crab Potsticker, Zucchini Tempura, Dollop of Roasted Tomato Onion Jam and Asiago Cheese Crème
One of the few failures of the night. No pop, minimal taste, the potsticker was eh.
Service was superb. Observant, not intrusive, pacing was excellent. There were a number of serious wine drinkers in the house. The table for five opposite us had several 1996 first growths. We were in the garden, which was delightful and pretty full by 7.30pm
We BYO'd the 2007 Julienas from Michel Tete, by way of Joe Dressner.
The price came to $150 with the discount, which was offered to everyone. We tipped on the original price, and felt it was an excellent value.
Dessert write up to follow
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