Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Finally had a chance to eat here, since I have been hearing so much about it. The general opinion is that its a hit or miss place - so obviously had to verify this myself. Also, the fact that they have steak Tartare as a regular dish on the menu really attracted me. Another interesting fact: The Chef is Alain Raye, 2 star Michelin Chef of La Regalade in Vancouver.
The menu was not an extensive one but they have a blackboard by the kitchen that shows their specials of the day. The waiter, who was very attentive, recommended the Tuna Tartare for starters and a sort of filo pastry with apple and blue cheese. While waiting, they served us bread with a cheese flavored butter.
The Blue cheese dish was nothing great, in fact I could hardly taste the cheese. On the other hand the tuna Tartare was pretty good. It had a strong spicy bite to it which was very well compensated by the mango, which was a bit sweet.
For the main dish, I obviously had the steak tartare. The presentation was nothing great - just a plain dish with a patty of raw beef in the middle. It came with fries and salad. Taste wise - the dish was ok...but for my taste the beef was not minced/ground properly. It had a lot of fat - which I didn't expect as normally there is hardly any fat in a good steak tartare. Over all it was ok but noting really to rave about. I do like thou the fact that its in their menu as a regular dish (its quite hard to find tartare on the menus of most restaurants since many do not like it) and will probably eat there again to give this dish a second chance.
While we were having our espresso, the owner of the restaurant came to our table and introduced himself. He recommended we try the 7 hour marinated lamb dish with wine reduction, so thats definitely something I will have to try soon. Ambiance and service was great but I have to give the food a second chance.
Posted by Miguel at 5:51 AM