Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Abbey

October 15, 2014

Foie gras parfait w savoury seasonal fruit jam - 2+

J's comment > extremely fluffy and light (esp for a foie!), this is the way a foie should be done; hey Diva, take note; only complaint about this foie was the fat border which was semi-hard and didn't really add anything (though I think the fat exterior was to keep the foie in place since it was so soft and light); brioche pieces decent, lightly crisped and soft

Crudo of sustainable seafood, spicy ponzu - 2

J's comment > not bad; reminiscent of a ceviche but not nearly as sour; seafood not fishy at all; FYI, crudo means 'raw' in Italian

Seared scallops, pea puree, sherry vinegar caramel - 2

J's comment > not bad; scallops cooked well, would have loved a touch more sear on the top, but otherwise cooked perfectly; puree and caramel could be bolder; FYI, this usually comes w wild boar bacon, but the person ordering this dish was a pescatarian

Stilton blue cheese, French toast bread pudding - 2

J's comment > bread pudding on the dense side, really trace amt of sweetness even w the jam; decent pairing w the stilton, I still personally prefer just honey and toast

Argentine style grilled beef short ribs, chimichurri, roast garlic & Parmesan fries - 2

J's comment > really weird beef... it was almost gamey, but not quite, but definitely didn't taste 'beefy'; texture was really unusual too, it was kind of crisp yet tender, not chewy at all; could have used a touch more sauce but it wasn't dry either - very interesting; fries were good but could have been a touch more crisp, the softness was good though

Grilled red deer chop, blue cheese-mustard sauce, creamed spinach, frites - 2

J's comment > slightly gamey but not nearly as gamey as I expected; a tad chewy (well it is lean meat...); wild rice pilaf well done w the trace of blue cheese flavor

Seared rare Albacore tuna Niçoise - 2

J's comment > reminded me of the crudo above but w an egg and potatoes; tuna was a touch fishy; have to go w Bel Cafe's salmon nicoise

Salad of local beets, tête du moine, poached pear, hazelnut and ginger dressing - 2

J's comment > certainly better than the avg caesar or garden salads, but kinda one dimensional - the ingredients listed were what you got, nothing more and nothing less, nothing unexpected

Wine braised RR Ranch beef, celeriac purée, peas, carrots, potato croquette - 1

J's comment > really dry beef, a real shame, we were expecting something more marbly; potato croquette was OK, crisp exterior, mash-like center; sauce was also passable; FYI, we advised our server who kindly took it off our bill - we didn't even ask her too, we just answered her honestly when she asked us how the dishes were tasting

 Sticky toffee pudding, bourbon whipped cream - 2+

J's comment > really light and fluffy sticky toffee pudding, not too heavy; excellent balance of the toffee caramel and the lightness of the pudding

Peanut butter pie + sour cherries - 2

J's comment > not bad; really rich and heavy, this was essentially a gourmet Reese's Pieces; strong pb flavor w a touch of chocolate

Chocolate pot de créme, caramelized Rice Krispies - 2

J's comment > very smooth chocolate creme, rich and heavy, but flavor good; would have liked a touch more caramel in the Rice Krispies but they were crispy


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Extra Comment
Abbey has happy hour every day from 5 to 6:30, half price bar snacks and appetizers, $5 sleeves craft beer, $5 house wine & $6 daily cocktail. Definitely coming back then for the foie. Oh the foie... :D

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