Posted 28 July 2005 - 04:07 PM
MsMelkor ended up either picking or getting all the best dishes for the evening. Overall, only about 1/3 of the dishes we liked, the others were pretty substandard for such an expensive place.
Parmesan "Pudino". Sort of like a loose free-form quiche or a savory pudding. We liked this one a lot.
This is a chilled potato (watercress?) soup with caviar, similar to a vichysoisse. Refreshing, well liked.
This is a raw fish carpaccio with cherry tomatoes. It was okay.
A mushroom risotto that we felt was underdone, and the mushroom base itself was lacking in flavor.
Fresh asparagus tortellinis that were a bit underdone as well. The filling was sort of underwhelming but the actual sauce was very good.
I forgot what these were called but they were essentially spinach ravioli filling without the pasta, with lots of parmigiano in it. These happened to be excellent even though they look like dinosaur droppings.
Loin of lamb plus braised lamb. The loin itself was excellent but the braised part got stringy and overcooked, tasting somewhat like the Passover brisket from hell. The sauce reduction however was very nice.
Braised Veal rolled with Prosciutto. I liked this one but I am not sure about the others.
Garganelli with Duck Ragu. By far the best pasta dish, even though it looks sort of like something that came out of a Marie Callendar microwave entree box.
Peach tart. "Tastes like a hamentashen!"
Chocolate Semifreddo Martini. This one was was really good.
Coconut Panna Cotta
Almond biscotti, which everyone thought was outstanding
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Posted 28 July 2005 - 04:30 PM
I was semi-relieved to hear that you weren't overwhelmed by Aquerello. It's the place we always remember AFTER we've made a special-occasion plan somewhere else. And it seems even more expensive than my beloved La Folie.
As always, thank you for your selfless research service.
Posted 28 July 2005 - 04:47 PM
Posted 28 July 2005 - 05:04 PM
Jason said, "Overall, only about 1/3 of the dishes we liked, the others were pretty substandard for such an expensive place." Melkor said it was more like 50/50.
I'd prob not go given J.'s assessment but M. seems smitten. What to do?
Posted 28 July 2005 - 06:20 PM
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Posted 15 April 2006 - 12:41 PM
I am a big fan of La Folie, although I haven't been there since they decor change. It's hard to compare to them since one is very French and one is very Italian. I wouldn't say one is better than the other. I think they are roughly the same price. I've always thought Acquerello was prettier, quieter and much more romantic, although maybe that's changed with the remodel. I think of La Folie as less formal, and I seem to usually eat too much there, but that's probably because the food is so good and the portions are fairly large. I've always been pleased with both places, but they are very different experiences.
Posted 10 August 2010 - 01:14 PM
The first thing I learned was that they do not have a bar: there is no liquor available here, only wine. Fortunately their sommelier was very helpful in finding us a bottle to fit our tastes and budget. Not that I can remember what it was, mind you... but it was delicious. The wine list looked very extensive to my unpracticed and uninformed eye, so I simply discussed our options with the sommelier without really digging into it. I'm not sure what a real connoisseur would think (it's overwhelmingly if not entirely Italians, of course).
For dinner I started with the steak tartare (passé, I know, but I love it no less for that...). The tartare itself was delicious, but the plating made it very difficult to eat. Some sort of tuile was placed atop the tartare that was just a bit too firm to nicely shatter, instead basically just pressing the tartare into a pancake on the plate. Ill-conceived, in my opinion. Next I had the veal raviolo. They present this dish without a knife, which confused me. It did not appear to be a lapse in the service, I saw another diner receive the same course, also without a knife. At this type of dinner I certainly expected a knife, so asked for one, which was provided promptly. I thought the raviolo was decent, and the mushroom sauce atop it excellent. Next time they can hold the pasta and give me more mushrooms. For my entrée I had a lamb tenderloin wrapped in lamb sausage. It seemed like a good idea at the time... For no apparent reason they thought that roasted fennel would be a good side, but it overwhelmed the other flavors on the plate and was not particularly good to begin with. The lamb was cooked to my liking, but the plating was unattractive, and the whole protein-component was rather bland, all things considered.
For dessert we each ordered the cheese course and port (the sommelier was quite helpful here again, and his port recommendation was spot on): their cheese selection is entirely Italian, which ordinarily I would suggest means it must be awful, but in this case there were quite a few interesting options. I'd say about half the cheese tray of nine or ten cheeses were quite good, and the others forgettable, but at least not actively bad.
I think someone above suggested that at this price point the food ought to be better, and I agree with that sentiment. However, the food was not actually bad and the service and atmosphere really were top-notch. If you enjoy formal dining I suggest checking Acquerello out.
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