We were led to our table and sat down. I began to survey the dining area with the throngs of theatre goers. The French brasserie is set in a sleek, posh space that's divided into an 80-person dining room, 56-person private lounge, and a spacious lounge/bar. I knew there was probably going to be a wait for our food due to all these folks wanting to get in eat, and get out to the theatre on time. Our server (Catherine) came within a minute or so, greeted us by our names (nice touch) with a very friendly smile, and gave us the menus, explaining some of the items. She noted (as suspected) our meals might take a little while longer, but this is always good information so guests aren't left in the dark.
We scanned the menu options and decided on the Prix Fixe ($39) of autumn seasonal salad consisting of some greens, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin seeds and tangy pumpkin vinaigrette dressing. My guest ordered the Mediterranean Sea Bass which was delicately roasted. The meat was sweet and flaky. Presentation was rustic looking, skin-side up and a pumpkin rémoulade-like sauce under the fish (see photo). I ordered the Gnocchi. Fat pillows of potato pasta, well seasoned surrounded by (again) a rustic marinara with pesto and olive oil drizzled on top (see photo). Both entrees were amazing. Service was impeccable. I ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, F. Lurton, "Les Fumées Blanches", Southwest, 2010 from Languedoc-Roussillon region. This wine has some aromas of citrus (grapefruit and orange zest) and tropical fruits, with a light floral nose. On the palate, typical Sauvignon Blanc, acidity was not overly high, but still has the citrus flavors almost like a candied lemon in my mouth. This particular wine has a longer growing season that other SB in the region due to its cooler location in the Ger area of the Languedoc… quite a good wine to serve with both dishes.
Since the food was being served pretty quickly, we asked our server to hold the dessert we ordered for a little while. Ten minutes later or so, our server brought out a lovely plate of petite chocolate desserts which the Chef had inscribed “Happy Birthday” on the plate. A true surprise for my wife and I… and a charming way to end a great experience! We still had our desserts which we ordered earlier. I ordered a Crème Brûlée which had roasted figs on top. My wife ordered the Pumpkin Cheesecake. Both desserts were not overly sweet. The cheesecake was so smooth and pumkiny… I had a couple of bites of the Brûlée, ate the figs and called it a night!
As I sat back and thought about my experience… I rarely go to a restaurant where something doesn’t go wrong. This experience was one from start to finish; nothing went wrong from the service and food perspective. Todd English really should be proud; you have a great team beyond any doubt. Thank you for letting us experience hospitality at its finest.