It is hard to define what makes a meal an occasion, but a meal at A R Valentien is definitely an occasion. I'd count it among the most memorable restaurant meals of my life. All components of the meal were superb: the dining room is lovely, the service exceptional, the food excellently prepared and presented, and the wine pairings generously poured and fantastically matched to complement the food.
My husband ordered the 4 course tasting menu with wine pairings (which we shared) and I ordered an appetizer and an entree. This restaurant is expensive, however the value is excellent. The meal includes many "extras"; an amuse bus (our was a ahi tartar), an entremet sorbet, and a side of vegetables (in addition to the vegetables plated with the entrees). The wines on the tasting menu were wonderful, and when we commented something was wrong with one of wines, the wine director immediately, and happily, brought us another wine as a replacement and a tasting of a premium Cabernet Sauvignon in addition. The kitchen is obviously exceptionally talented and skilled. Our entrees were almost perfect, the only exception being my duck breast was too salty. Next time I'll ask for no added salt.
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