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Sel et Poivre Is Game

Sel et Poivre Is Game
Sel et Poivre

Sel et Poivre

I was invited to a tasting, to review a charming French bistro called Sel et Poivre, located at 853 Lexington Avenue (between 64th & 65th Streets). I was excited, because I am always looking for great Pate and succulent Duck. The restaurant is intimate and the owner /chef Christian Schienle prepares his dishes with a delicate and subtle flair.

When I got there the menu was chosen for us and I tried to back out, as most of the dishes contained foods I do not eat. I have never been a fish eater and I am not adventurous in my palate. My friend Sarah is the complete opposite. She has the most daring palate, I have ever seen. I was convinced to stay and taste the unusual fare, to which I agreed. You see Sel et Poivre now has a new game menu and as a rule I do not eat anything that is in the movie Bambi. I think I should also add to that animals in “Home, Home on the Range.”

Wild Boar, Venison, Sausage

Wild Boar and Venison Sausage

All kidding aside the first dish was a Grilled Venison paired with a Wild Boar Sausage ($15.95). Wild Boar is actually very good, almost like a lighter steak. The game comes from Texas and is organic and grass feed. Now that’s a plus. The Venison was done with Jalapeno and it was a little too spicy for my tastes. The dish is served with a puree of potato, which was excellent. I paired this with a wonderful glass of Shiraz, which I highly recommend.

Escargot

Escargot

Paired with the game was the classic Escargot ($8.95), which the table ranted and raved about.

A Red Pepper Bisque

A Red Pepper Bisque

A Red Pepper Bisque ($6.95) followed, which was delightful, fresh and a sure fire winner. For most of us at the table this was one of our favorite dishes.

Cod Fish with creamy Lentils

Cod Fish with creamy Lentils

For entrée’s a dish I did not see on the game or regular menu, Cod Fish with creamy Lentils. The Cod was moist, buttery and flaky, while the lentils were in a mustardy beurre blanc sauce that was heavenly. Though I am not a fish fan this was tasty and well done.

Quail, goat cheese,

Oven-roasted Stuffed Quail With goat cheese,

Oven-roasted Stuffed Quail With goat cheese, in a port wine reduction, with sweet potato puree and wild rice ($28.95) was paired with the fish and though the table loved it, I am not a fan, but this might be because I do not like goat cheese nor it seems Quail. I like the sweet potato puree.

 Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee

A fabulous Crème Brulee ($9.25) saved my night, as this was the best Crème Brulee I have ever had. An Apricot Crepe with Vanilla Ice Cream ended the meal.

Apricot Crepe

Apricot Crepe

Sel et Poivre has an attentive staff, a delightful owner/chef, gorgeously plated dishes that are artistic and pleasing and subtle sauces that are refreshing. Normally when I review a restaurant I choose dishes that are indicative of the establishment such as Pate, Leg of Lamb, Duck, Steak au Poivre and even Calves Liver. I am sure those dishes are excellent but it is next to impossible to review, what you have not tasted. I would however love to revisit and check out the typical fare until then I am on the bench.

Sel et Poivre: 853 Lexington Avenue (between 64th & 65th Streets)

Prix Fix Brunch: $18.95

Prix Fix Lunch: $21.95

3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu: $30.95

www.seletpoivrenyc.com

Food and Drink

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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