My husband and I were here for our anniversary tonight. It was special because we had not been to Cuvee in several years due to their reservations being full etc.
To begin with, we knew they had limited cocktails. I asked for a vodka martini with a splash of Chambord. Our waiter who happened to be the chef/owner-- asked me if I would like the vodka with fresh blueberries. Mais bien sur! It was fabulous. I think he mashed and strained the blueberries, and shook it with the vodka, adding 2 huge blueberries to the bottom of the glass. It was a lovely black/purple and tasted fantastic without the over sweetness that the Chambord can often provide. I asked him what he called it--he replied that he had never made it before. I can't wait to try to duplicate it with guests.
The oyster appetizer was perfect with it's horseradish sauce, as were the pommes frites with the delectable remoulade.
With our entrees came a soup or salad. The simple salad was perfectly dressed--the soup was a chilled tomato bisque in which I could taste cumin and garlic. I asked what were the other ingredients and he said it was sauteed fennel, sweet onion, tomatoes, nutmeg and just a little cream at the end. It was delicious.
We shared the special lamb shanks and swordfish. Both were the best ever, however, what he did to the vegetables was to die for. The sauteed vegetables with the lamb shanks were sheer perfection. With the swordfish, was a marvelous ratatouille, and it was served over a couscous with an wonderful sauce and each bite with the swordfish and couscous was sheer perfection.
For dessert, he suggested fresh berries in a light custard. The berries were cooked gently so not to burst in the oven but to explode in one's mouth--as they did.
I have never had a bad meal here, but this one was over the top.
Merci, Gilbert. We had a perfect anniversary dinner.
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