Our group of seven was anticipating special French food and wine as we made the one-hour drive to the highly recommended Mizuna restaurant. As we entered the restaurant, our appetites were stimulated by seeing freshly baked bread loaves come from the oven. Our dinner reservation was early by French standards, and tables steadily filled during the next couple of hours. Our gracious waitress was completely familiar with menu listings and answered our questions in detail. Mizuna’s creative touches are evident in its interpretations of familiar and more unusual dishes. Most of us chose a glass of wine, an appetizer, an entrée and later, a dessert. Each of us selected different dimmer combinations. My wife had a crab salad appetizer, bacon-wrapped Monkfish entrée and a poached pear dessert. She found the taste equal to the exquisite appearance of each dish. The poached pear was as good as we’ve had in France. My appetizer casssouet with rabbit ballotine over the pork belly and white bean mixture was a flavorful variation on more typical cassoulets. My Red Snapper entrée was enhanced with rich accents of sauce and garnishes. My apple pie dessert was different and delicious, with apple slices, cheese-filled pastry and ice cream. The chefs all seemed enthusiastic and the wait staff was congenial and attentive. When each course came to the table, the server gave a detailed description of all the ingredients and how the dish was prepared. Fine food, excellent service and a comfortable setting made this a special evening.
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