Since my brother and his wife are celebrating their 40th anniversary just after Christmas he decided that we should all help them celebrate at this restaurant. Because he and I visited the Domaine Rouge-Bleu vineyard in Provence last summer this had special significance for us. Rouge-Bleu wines are the product of the winemaking skills of Jean Marc Espinasse whose wife Kristin has the blog French-Word-A-Day. All excellent. We like the Mistral and the Dentelle. There is also a rose which is very good in the summer.
The food here was absolutely top notch and memorable. Service was very attentive and included some special touches to mark the anniversary we were celebrating - a surprise gift of a glass of champagne for everyone at the table started the festivities with a toast before we ordered. The menus were prepared with a notation at the top congratulating the couple on their anniversary--a very nice touch. The steak was very memorable and even the vegetarian item on the menu was incredible.
This restaurant is right downtown in Madison directly across the street from the Wisconsin State Capitol. All lighted on a cold, snowy December night it was a beatiful view. I did not have an opportunity to visit the previous location which was much more cozy and traditional, but surprisingly, this traditionalist was very comfortable in the new soaring glass and steel space. Despite the openess of the space conversation was intimate and we did not experience the uncomfortable echo that is often found in such an large open space.
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