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Julia Child at Rover’s

October 23, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


I’ve written several times about our lunches this year at Rover’s, the highly regarded Seattle restaurant just down the street from us. They serve lunch on Fridays only, and we made it in there back in January with the Williams. After another lunch in March, I taught a course in the spring that precluded Friday lunches. To make up for this, Gail and I had lunch there every week or two in July and August, culminating in a farewell lunch with Joel the day before he took off for Grenoble. Then we were off ourselves, to Nantucket, and we haven’t made it back since.

Until two nights ago, when the Williams joined us there for dinner. Rover’s has a special running for two months, through the end of November, featuring a menu in honor of Julia Child. There is of course the usual menu to order from, and the Julia Child items are available à la carte, so one can mix and match, but we all chose the fixed price Julia Child menu, at a most reasonable $55. With the amuse bouche, it’s really a five-course menu. You can review the menu at Rover’s website, but it won’t be posted there forever, so let me copy it below:

Amuse Bouche

Salade Lyonnaise
Frisée Salad with Poached Egg, Bacon and Red Wine Vinaigrette

Potage Parmentier
Potato and Leek Soup

Filets de Poisson à la Meunière
Sautéed Halibut Filet with Spinach, Baby Beet, Oyster Mushrooms and Lemon Brown Butter
Boeuf Bourguignon
Beef Stew with Red Wine, Pearl Onion, Carrot and Mushroom

Soufflé au Chocolat
Chocolate Soufflé

The amuse bouche was three amuses in one. One was a small taste of a beet and carrot soup. One had a tiny bit of toast with little bits of lamb. And one was a smoked salmon. Each, suitably expanded, would have been a perfect appetizer. The other menu items are self explanatory except for the soup, which is not quite what we had. We had a butternut squash soup with roasted butternut squash cubes, braised leeks, and chive crème fraiche. (Thanks, Gail, for remembering.) It might just have been the best part of the meal. But everything was superb. Well, I can’t speak for the halibut. I had the beef stew. Four of us did. Cynthia chose the halibut. I would have been happy with half of each, but that wasn’t an option.

One could also choose a wine pairing, as Gail and Cynthia did. Under the wine pairing plan, five different wines were served, one with each course including the amuse. All were French wines, and they seemed to be a success. I can only speak for the wine Gail was served with her beef bourguignon, since I had a glass of it. It was a Rhone wine and I was very happy with it. I don’t remember the details. I didn’t see it on the menu; I just took the waiter’s advice when I said I’d have a glass with the beef and he proposed that I simply have the wine pairing selection for that course.

Pretty good soufflé too. I’m not as big a soufflé devotee as Gail, but this could make me one. If only we weren’t going away, we could go back another time or two while the Julia Child menu is available. On the other hand, I bet we’ll have some satisfactory eating options on our trip.

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