Smoked Herring Salad and Warm Fingerling Potatoes
This was another winner! The mild, smoky fillets of herring had an almost bacon-esque quality with a silky smooth texture. None of that odd fishy-ness that lesser herring sometimes has. The oil in which it was submerged was lemony and rich enough to spoon over the creamy, perfectly cooked potatoes. A truly perfect dish.
Grilled romaine lettuce, stuffed with nutty Parmesan cheese, then dressed in a garlicky, limey dressing. The smoked cod is so thinly sliced that it is almost unnoticeable. This was good, yes, but the best Caesar salad? Hardly. It was a novelty item more than anything else – delicious, but not memorable, in my mind at least.
Pike Quenelles Jean-Louis Dumonet Style
Well, I don’t know who Jean Louis is, but I am pretty much ready to become his wife. Because this is the best fish cake I have had in my life – crabcakes, be damned! There was a slightly crisp top which gave way to a warm, velvety, pillowy interior that tasted like the world’s best hot crab dip, but with no cheese and more wine. It just had that sweet, rich, decadent taste. It didn’t taste like pike at all – and to me, that is a good thing! It was languishing in this creamy, liquor-y, shellfish-flavored sauce that was so good that my dining companions and I started unabashedly spooning it into our mouths! It was truly and totally delicious, and I could have this for my meal and call it a day.
Well, I could have 4 of these for a meal and call it a day.
The moules mariniers were excellent if not innovative- sweet, juicy, with not a bad one nor a grain of sand among them. Though I did enjoy the garlicky thyme and basil rubbed toast with which it was served, I really think moules should come with frites.
As a matter of principal, you see.
The broth was also fantastic – oh you KNOW we fought over that sauce, too.
We finished with the chocolate mousse bar with tangerine sorbet.
A perfect finish – smooth, deep, almost bitter chocolate tempered by sweet, tangy, bright sorbet. If the sorbet was just a touch hard, no one noticed or cared.
And why should we? This was a fantastic dining experience. Beautiful dining room, relaxed atmosphere, and a waiter who let us gab at the table for a good 3 hours without pressuring us to order a drink.
If he had only brought me one more quenelle, he really would have been a winner.
I jest, I jest…kinda.