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Provence Night - Jamieson Cobleigh

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reveilles and I went to Provence Night at Del Raye last night with some friends. Here's what I had:
  • Pan Seared Sea Scallops with herbs de provence foam and asparagus flan served with Chateau La Moutete Cotes de Provence Rose, 2005
  • Classic Nicoise Salad with herb roasted potatoes, anchovy, boiled eggs, tomatoes, green beans, and nicoise olives, in a red wine vinaigrette served with Les Tourettes Chardonnay-Viognier, Vins de Pays Vaucluse, 2003
  • Ratatouille-Crusted Lamb Loin with goat cheese stuffing, roasted fingerling potatoes, and lamb jus served with Mas de Gourgonnier, Les Baux de Provence, 2004 (a blend of Cabernet Savignon and Syrah)
  • Cherry Hazelnut Au Gratin served with Gran Marnier chantilly cream

This is the first time we had been to Del Raye and most of the food was very good. The salad could have used more dressing (and I gave my anchovy and olives to reveilles). The lamb was excellent -- very tender, still pink in the middle, and the stuffing was yummy (though I was predisposed to like it since it had goat cheese in it). The lamb also had 15-20 2-inch long pieces of saffron strewn over it, which surprised me in its extravagence. The dessert was good, heavy on the Gran Marnier, but not as good a what reveilles had (Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse with a thin layer of dark chocolate mousse in the middle; served with fresh local strawberries and an amaretto lace cookie).

I didn't find the Chateau La Moutete to be enjoyable, mostly because its finish tasted like anise and I can't stand anise. The Les Tourettes was very good, the fruitiness of the Viognier nicely balanced the woodiness of the Chardonnay. The Mas de Gourgonnier was they type of red wine I like to drink -- big in taste but low on tannis. I would buy the second and third wine, but wouldn't drink the first wine if it was offered to me again.

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Date:June 27th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds tasty, but damn Ferran Adrià and his weird foams that are taking over the world straight to Hell.

I've never yet found a rosé that I love, but I do love anise (you'd have to, growing up in my house, where fennel seed went into every red sauce and black licorice was commonplace -- we used to fight over who got to eat the black jelly beans).

We went to Ocean Avenue Seafood the other night and had a much more decent dinner than I remember them being able to serve the last time we went -- I had tempura ahi that had been fried just long enough to crisp the batter without cooking the fish, and then a competently-prepared fillet of salmon with potatoes and asparagus, and a Pinot Noir sauce made with cherries from Littlerock (a town just north of LA). I had a very forgettable Pinot Noir with the salmon.
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