Adventures in Chow - Scaramouche Pasta Bar and Grill
I was excited to be finally going to Scaramouche, especially as this was my monthly restaurant trip with my father and he usually picks places that are more budget-conscious. Dreams shattered though when he actually informed me that we weren't going to the "posh side" as he called it, but rather the to the misnomered "Pasta Bar and Grill" side.
It was actually kind of strange being seated at the more casual side with plain wooden tables, watching the be-linened tables within an arms reach scoff down the most lovely dishes. Ah well, there's always next time I suppose.
Service was more than acceptable, with an attentive waiter who was both amiable and knowledgeable. My father was surprised that there was only one rosé on the list, but ordered it promptly (didn't catch the name, sorry) and it was very nice. The view was pretty. Upon opening the menu, I was actually surprised at how few "Pasta" or "Grill" dishes there were. Only one pasta dish, that we decided not to try. My appetizer of duck spring roll was tasty, but the duck was over cooked (for my own personal taste, which may not be to everyone elses, I realize) and the spicy plum drizzle that accompanied it made me long for some sweet/salty hoisin instead. That's the traditionalist in my I suppose. Dad had the gazpacho, which looked really good and probably would have been a more ideal choice on such a hot day.
Dad remained on the "boring" side with Steak Frite, which was cooked as requested and had some limp but tasty frite. I ordered the fish and seafood medley of the day, which that day consisted of Cod, Halibut, Yellow Fin Tuna, Tiger Shrimp and Scallop. Came in a tomato herb broth with seasonal vegetables. Delicious, but more please!! The tuna was perfectly seared rare, but a serving the size of an oversize dice just whet the appetite. The cod and Halibut were also superb, but again, same in size. Two shrimp and a scallop rounded out the meal, and I devoured all of the veggies in compensation. I'll order two next time!
No dessert appealed, so a $16 cheese plate was ordered with delicious but TINY slivers of three Quebec and international cheeses. MORE!! Celery hearts and apple were lovely accompaniments, but darn that portion size!
My father swiped the bill, so I don't know how much it came to, but it was around $100 before wine, tax and tip.
All in all, a nice dinner, but (as a big eater) I wouldn't skip lunch again in anticipation of a good feeding!
DH and I went to the "posh side" for our anniversary last summer and had a similar experience. In fact, your entree sounds almost exactly like what I had. Service was spectacular, food was truly yummy, but I left hungry. Even without the bottle of champagne that we had with dinner, the bill came in way too high for me to leave craving more food!
For sure, if we ever go back, I'll be sure to have a late lunch.
I'm curious: how many rosés would you expect? I like them but usually don't see more than 1 or 2 on the lists in the restaurents I frequent, if that.
I was there a couple of weeks ago and we had a terrific meal, no complaints at all. There was certainly enough food for us. I would go back again if just for the liver !!!
I think that, in response to Teep, I would expect two rosés by the bottle and one by the glass at Scaramouche. At your regular Italian eatery though, I would expect one only. It just surprised me, is all!