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May 31, 2009 04:15 PM

EMP - Need Lunch Suggestions

Dining at EMP for the first time tomorrow. Did a search of this Board. Only caveat is I don't eat red meat. Welcome suggestions for lunch.

I will report back on my experience. Many thanks.

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  1. Menu looks great.. many seafood choices.
    All new menu items since I was last there.

    1. Totally new menu but the Octopus always rocks.

      1. I'm not sure you can go wrong but I can comment on the Tête de Cochon and Seared Atlantic Skate. The terrine, if it is the same as the one I tasted, was delicious and paired nicely with vegetables. It's a nice portion as well. That said, the Carrot Velouté with Hawaiian Blue Prawns stands out to me the most on the app list. For the main course, I see they are offering skate with the lemon and parsley as opposed to the halibut I had. I'm sure it would be just as good with skate (if not more interesting) because the preparation and accompanying lemon are both perfect. If you're looking for a light, fresh, spring lunch plate, that would be it.

        Have fun tomorrow! :)

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        1. re: canadianbaconette

          thanks, canadianbaconette and roze. I really like skate so that may be the way to go.

          I'm really looking forward to it :)

        2. I went a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed the Carrot Veloute and the Suckling Pig. While I didn't try either, the skate and the snapper both received positive reviews from my parents.

          1. Thanks for your suggestions.

            I had lunch for the first time at EMP today. I arrived a little early for my reservation and seating area up front was a very comfortable place to wait. The hostess graciously seated me on the top level in the back so I had a view of the trees in the park as well as the entire room. The room is gorgeous (I'll spare you the descriptive details since I'm sure there are photos on their website). Pussywillows and flowers made the room feel like it was filled with Spring. Service was excellent (thanks, Kirk and staff). The $28 two course prix fixe lunch is a fabulous deal and I was surprised there were some empty tables. That said, we are in a recession and it's Monday.

            Now on to the food:

            I sipped chamomile tea and nibbled on french baguette and olive rolls with country butter while I reviewed the menu. The butter was the perfect temperature and salt was placed on the table ensuring I would avoid two of my pet peeves (hard butter and begging for salt).

            *Carrot veloute with Hawaiian blue prawns, vadouvan (a mixture of spices with oil, and fried onions used for adding a smoky flavor) and creme fraiche. Not sure what the crunchy garnish was (the vadouvan? toasted wheatberries?) but it was delicious. The soup was delicious.

            *Foie gras terrine with cherries, lemon balm, and sicilian pistacios, accompanied by thick, toasted, cherry brioche. I usually prefer my foie gras seared but this terrine was presented beautifully and was delicious. The toasted cherry brioche was spectacular. I appreciate that the kitchen accomodated my request for the foie gras. This was an additional charge of $34 and made my first meal at EMP more memorable. Especially appreciated the complimentary glass of Zweigelt Kracher, Beerenauslese, Burgenland, Australia 2003 which was a perfect pairing for the foie gras terrine.

            *Seared Atlantic skate with Meyer lemon, capers and parsley. I like skate and it was seared perfectly on the outside and cooked just right on the inside. Really enjoyed the Meyer lemon sauce and caper berries. Wasn't too keen on the rose bud shaped potato?/parsley/mustard garnish. I don't think I'm a big mustard person.

            I had a glass of chardonnay with my main course. I took a look at the dessert cart and my willpower held. A fabulous lunch in a lovely setting, a great value at $28 (unless you're not careful with tea, wine and foie gras like me).

            PS Now I understand why EMP is RGR's favorite restaurant :)


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            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              Fantastic! I was thinking about you today and hoping you would have a good lunch. I'm glad to hear it went well, even if you foolishly refused dessert. Silly. :)

              I read your note about the rose bud shaped potato?/parsley/mustard garnish on your fish. I felt a question mark, too! They must make an additional pairing because it's lunch and not part of 5 courses? That's what I'm guessing, anyway. I am not much of a mustard person, either. Whatever which way, I'm glad you liked it. I think the fish and lemon combo is outstanding at EMP.

              1. re: canadianbaconette

                The desserts didn't really appeal to me (all cake or pie) . . .maybe I was too full or am just partial to Falai's desserts. Perhaps EMP's desserts are different at dinner.

                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                  I was just teasing about dessert. I am known to have a sweet tooth (okay, okay, sweet teeth, all of them!) so I cannot fathom when someone turns down dessert, especially if it rolls by and you can so easily pluck something. :) I see you plan to go to JG next. I hope you enjoy it! Even if you're not big on sweets, I hope you will try the homemade marshmallow there.

              2. re: financialdistrictresident

                Sounds great! I don't get it. You do not eat red meat, but go for the frois gras.
                Glad you enjoyed your lunch... I'm jealous!

                1. re: jaylhorner

                  jaylhorner, if it quacks, clucks or swims I eat it. It's more about health and less about politics for me. Thanks . . . JG lunch deal may be next.