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Continental cuisine with Mediterranean flair boasted the menu. It sounded good to me so I went inside. It’s a pleasant place, not spectacular but cosy enough.
Paintings on the wall give a hint of Mediterranean feel as does the wine list with a fair selection of French, Italian and Spanish wines. I ordered a glass of fruity Chiaro Primitivo ($58)
There is a good selection of dishes to choose from as well. A range of pizza and pastas are supplemented by a ‘create your own’ option. Ingredients for each are separated into three price categories and you can mix and match to your hearts content.
I wasn’t in the mood for either but grilled teriyaki tuna skewers with a soy and ginger dip ($88) sounded like a good choice for starter. So did the tuna, shrimp, mango and green papaya salad. Both betrayed a hint of Asia but it was the teriyaki tuna that won the day It was a good choice too. Three substantial slices of tuna flash grilled on the outside, inside tender and tasty.
For the main course I’d ordered veal shanks ($175). Cooked for several hours in a rich sauce and served with carrots and creamed potato, claimed the menu. The sauce, carrots and potatoes were fine but the meat hadn’t been cooked for nearly long enough.
Shank comes from the lower leg and it does take a long time to cook through properly. When done the flesh should be soft and fall from the bone with almost no effort at all. In this case it took quite a bit of effort to to prize it away and it was rather tough as well. Another hour in the oven would have improved it immensely.
The half-dozen or so desserts on the menu were all old standbys; Apple crumble, chocolate pudding, cheesecake. I went for the tiramisu ($55).