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Apr 29, 2009 07:52 PM


Going for lunch tomorrow with 3 others. Anyone been recently? What are the must hit dishes that i must try? Menu sounds fantastic online, but if i had my way, i'd be ordering 3 - 5 dishes.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      yum. had the tuna tartare and beef tenderloin. well executed, good flavors. didn't exactly blow me away, but it's a deal for the price and the ingredients were all top notch.

      1. re: FattyDumplin

        Didn't blow you away? Just out of curiosity (and I'm not challenging you, I just want to learn) what places do blow you away?

        I can criticize the food at Nougatine, but it's just hard for me to imagine what you might be looking for. Somebody could find the tuna tartare overly flavorful perhaps (I find it more or less completely incompatible with decent wine) or underflavorful (if you insist on eating all your meals at Sripraphai). Nougatine doesn't provide the super carbo load of a big bowl o' pasta at Lupa, and they don't provide the unctuous [literal and figurative senses] experience you get at Babbo. It's a bit same old same old, it's been on the menu forever... If you can't taste acid, you might find it bland, but it is raw tuna after all... what are you looking for in a blowing away?

        1. re: acidity

          well, the tartare was good, but i definitely enjoyed the nobu version a lot more. that one blew me away when i first had it many years ago. as does the version at soto. the beef tendeloin was nicely seared and perfectly medium rare. but the sriracha drizzle wasn't all that innovative to me. and the vegetables in the middle of the plate were blah and gratuitous.

          don't get me wrong. it wasa very enjoyable meal. and a good deal. maybe i just had too high expectations going in.

          1. re: FattyDumplin

            The tuna tartare is a signature dish at j.g. and yes, has been on the menu for at least 6 years.Second, how can you complain if the beef was "perfectly medium rare"? It is, after all, just a piece of beef. You musn't forget that J.G.'s reputation is made on what he serves in the main dining room not in Nougatine.

            1. re: sethd

              Knowing what I do of Jean-Georges, his culinary work ethic, and having seen him many times in action supervising the service at Nougatine, I would assume that he has the same exacting standards for food and service at all of his establishments.

              1. re: sethd

                totally understand. i think my original comment sounds negative, when in fact i had a very enjoyable meal. i know it's my fault for ordering beef tenderloin, but the description shounded more than perfectly grilled beef with gratuitous spinach and potatoes on the side and sriracha sauce.

                again, a yummy meal overall though. and i really liked teh fruit sodas.

                1. re: FattyDumplin

                  The fruit sodas are great, especially the raspberry yuzo one, a favorite of mine.

                    1. re: FattyDumplin

                      reply got cut off. meant to say ironic. that's the one soda i didn't get to try there (it was black cherry yuzu when we were there). my wife got that and wouldn't let me taste it because it was so good...

              2. re: FattyDumplin

                Thank you for answering my question, FD, I appreciate it.

                1. re: acidity

                  no problem. hope it was helpful. i think my review came out harsher than i intended.

                  1. re: FattyDumplin

                    I don't think your review was harsh. I think it was accurate. I had a fantastic prix-fixe early dinner at Nougatine in March - and a very blah regular dinner there on Sat. night. I got pan-fried cod (it was OK), while my husband got the $68 chef's tasting menu. The signature tuna tartare was delish - as was the tiny amuse (cold pea soup?), but the rest of the meal was average. My husband's slow-cooked salmon tasted bad to my taste buds, and the so-called tenderloin was very small and thin, and cut through into many almost-pieces (weird, in my opinion). It was also oversalted - plus, it didn't look or taste like tenderloin to me.

                    My husband was underwhelmed, to put it mildly. I was disappointed.

                    1. re: food maven

                      They allowed your husband to participate in the tasting menu even though you didn't? That is great since many restaurants refuse to do so and require the participation of the entire party.