The Orchard Review
- Lucia Jan 15, 2006 02:32 AM
In a nutshell: The Orchard lives up to its lineage, Apizz and Peasant.
The decor: very reminiscent of Apizz. The walls are taupe, w/long mirrors and accent lighting. The chairs and benches are light wood and upholstered in a light chocolate brown micro-fiber. It's a beautifully designed space.
The menu: divided into 3 sections. The first is a selection of about 5 flatbreds ($12-$16 dollars); the second is appetizers (salad, foie gras, and tuna); the third is entrees (caviatelle, agnolotti, rabbit, cornish hen, striped bass, halibut, rib-eye, pork, and lamb, ranging from lower 20s to $29).
The food: my boyfriend and I shared a chanterelle flatbread (~$12). The flat bread was very much like an oblong thin-crust pizza. A nice, crispy dough w/a rich sauce topped off with chanterelle mushrooms.
For my entree, I had the langoustine risotto ($24). Nice smokey langoustine served in its shell over a creamy risotto filled with red and yellow peppers and chunks of octopus. My boyfriend had the pork. This had a wonderful flavor, my only complaint being that the meat was slight tough. The dish was accompanied by a nice blend of baked apples and yams.
Dessert: I had the dulce de leche torte w/banana and my boyfriend had the flourless chocolate cake. Both wear delicious.
Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful; portions were extremely generous; and the space was very comfortable. I will definitely go back.