Having grown up in Europe, one of the things I tend to gravitate towards if French (or French inspired) cuisine. My wife and I went out for a romantic dinner at La Reve and fell in love with the place throughout the course of a fantastic dinner.
Crostini de Brie: Really nice brie, perfectly toasted baguette... unfortunately too much honey. I would order this appetizer again, but I would ask to hold the honey, or at least serve it on the side. I had to scrape the honey off to be able to taste the brie.
French Onion Soup: Well, it's a French restaurant, they should be able to do this well... and they did. The flavors of the broth and the onion came through beautifully, unlike many other places where this soup generally tastes like heated beef and vegetable stock. It was lovely!
We both had the special; seared scallops, squash puree, Brussels sprouts, speck. In one word: spectacular. The scallops were fresh and seared to absolute perfection. I had never thought Brussels sprouts and squash would work together, but they absolutely did. It was a very welcome discovery. The thinly sliced speck added a nice touch without overpowering the entire dish. It was a limited time special and I am saddened to see it gone from their menu... I hope it will make a comeback next year, I will go back just for that dish for sure!
Desserts: As you walk in, you are greeted by a vision you seldom see in the US: a patisserie case like you would see in the little European towns. I was not overly impressed by their chocolate mousse; it was lacking the lightness and airiness I've come to love about French "Mousse au Chocolat".
The atmosphere was superbly appropriate. Quaint, small intimate tables, classic stone- and glassware, wood and brick throughout, all very French... it almost made me feel like I was back on the mainland of the European continent.
Definitely a place we will visit again... soon.
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