Unlike typical nearby downtown high-end chain restaurants, we appreciate independent operator like this one, which is welcoming and cozy. We know of this restaurant as a business dining place but seldom think of taking our parents for family dinner. So we finally invite our parents to join us for dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve, instead of traditional Chinese food.
Two hostesses checked in our coats, which made the entry fast and efficient. The ambience allowed us to carry an evening of conversations and to see our foods. Services were very good despite that it was a full house.
We had the following from the Dine-out menu:
1. Appetizers - Lobster bisque (3) and meat balls
2. Entrées - Lobster lasagne with Emmenthal cheese, shallot, dry white vermouth in a light cream
(1); Filet of Sole stuffed with crab meat, shrimp, spinach, parmesan, shallots, white wine sauce, with scallop medallion garnish(2); and Milk fed veal ossobuco braised in white wine, tomato sauce with Tuscan beans (1)
3. Deserts - Tiramisu (1), Chocolate Ganache Cake (1) and Crème brûlée (2)
The lobster bisque was not watery nor starchy. The body of the soup was just right on the spicy side. The meatballs were great, perfectly moist and not too fatty. The lasagna pasta was al dente and the ingredients were layered nicely. The stuffed filet of sole was well cooked (not over cooked) and topped with a big seared scallop. The ossobuco was done perfectly and the bone marrow was intact.
This is one of the best within the $38 menu. We will definitely come back for regular dinner again!
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