Arriving early for an afternoon show on Broadway is unusual for us so we by-passed the pizza and deli joints to investigate some eateries along Restaurant Row, minutes from the theatre. Amidst the numerous Italian and a few Spanish tapas places we discovered the menu at Le Rivage and, particularly, the prix fixe meal offerings totaling less than parking. If you can’t find something in the 12 appetizers and almost two dozen entrees, you’re in trouble. One customer announced it was the best burger she’d ever had. (In a French restaurant?) For $25 each we ordered an asparagus soup and a lobster bisque, softshell crabs (seasonal), a roast duck, and two desserts.
My bride’s soup seemed to lack any overtones of asparagus for me, but she was happy with it. My lobster bisque was light and though there were numerous pieces at the bottom, it lacked flavor and the usual overdose of butter which makes this soup sing for me. Despite her happy cooing over her two softshells, I didn’t share them. She said they were wonderful and I’ll take her word for it. (We ordinarily share everything, but I don’t often taste softshells…and she has yet to slug down a beer.) My roast duck was done thoroughly, swimming in one of those lovely French sauces accompanied by delightful vegetables that maintained their own integrity. The waitress suggested a shiraz with the duck and the wine took awhile to achieve a smooth bit of harmony with my entrée. Oh, by-the-way: the duck portion was huge. A large breast with two legs. (Must have been one of those four-legged canards that are on the Formula I circuit.) Her chocolate mousse was rich and tasty, whereas my pears and ice cream featured tasty vanilla cream, but pears waiting for an oven and any taste. All-in-all, the meal was incredibly satisfying, the price was right and the challenge was to stay awake at the play and maintain some alertness for the coming traffic nightmare.
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