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Murray Circle 03/20/10

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Ridge Mar 22, 2010 10:09 AM

We went to Murray Circle for dinner with some friends Saturday night. Robin Williams was sitting at the next table. The service was very good. The vibe of this place struck me as very old school and reports I had read vastly exaggerated the scenic views from the restaurant. The food was uneven. One of our friends is Italian and very picky about espresso. He asked about their coffee and they said they were very proud of their espresso and would bring him one. They brought him espresso and it was pretty mediocre: no crema, very thin body and kind of a burned taste. But they gave it to us free which was a nice gesture. On to the food. One thing I did not like was that the different dishes seemed to vary wildly in terms of portion size. For example the rabbit main course was miniscule compared to the lamb main course. And compared to the savory dishes the dessert portions were surprisingly giant. The menu is kind of split into three sections, starters, fish and meat dishes and you can order one dish from each menu.

They offered a range of house made breads including interesting sounding ones flavored with flecks of seaweed. I am a sucker for, and very picky about good bread. I would say that the house baked breads were all truly delicious.

Here is what we ate:

Spring onion bisque- did not come together. Was kind of bland and boring.

Royal Trumpet mushrooms- One of our friends ordered this and I tasted some. It was excellent and I wished I had ordered it instead of the spring onion dish.

Baby Abalone with cubes of tuna sashimi. Seasoned with Vadouvan. I loved this dish. The abalone were perfectly tender and the vadouvan complemented the seafood in a really good way. My only complaint is that the portion was a bit small.

Sole with Fried oysters. My partner got this and really loved it. I tried it and thought it was good.

Rabbit- disappointing. Overall small portion. The rabbit loin was wrapped in prosciutto. The loin was kind of tasty but really really dry. Served with two mediocre tortellini. The tortellini seemed out of place on the dish and seemed almost like an afterthought. Overall a poorly conceived and poorly executed dish.

My partner ordered the pork. The pork was good but parts of the dish seemed dry and it did not really come together in a satisfying way. Overall just ok.

One of our friends ordered the lamb. I tried some of the sausage which seemed good. Our friend liked the dish overall.

Butterscotch soufflé: very good

Black tea creme brulee: Not particularly creme brulee like but was interesting and good.

Trio of chocolate desserts:
White chocolate rice pudding : not very good.
Chocolate ganache torte- best of the trio
Chocolate soufflé- very good

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Murray Circle
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965