Predictably, Wednesday night was pretty slow at the restaurant, so we were able to sit back, relax, and soak in the decadence. We weren't disappointed. We chose to do the "tasting menu" -- a slate of small plates paired with appropriate wines. When we sat down, the maitre'd asked us if we'd like to "augment our meal with a foie gras course" for a small charge. We said yes. How often do you get foie gras, after all?
Here's how it ended up with the wines -- let the games begin. (Please forgive me, I can't remember some of the garnishes and sides or the wine producers, but they were divine...)
- Diver scallop with arugula salad (Australian Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc)
- Green bean salad (New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc)
- Twice-cooked pork belly (Alsatian Pinot Blanc)
- Yellowtail in thin pastry with gnudi (Oregon Pinot Noir)
- Foie gras on buttermilk biscuits w/almond butter & grape compote (PB&J! -- Moscato d'Asti)
- Homemade spicy pork & beef sausage on white bean puree (Rioja Tempranillo)
- Shrimp & grits (richest grits I've ever tasted -- Australian Shiraz)
- Huguenot tort (apples & walnuts) with maple syrup ice cream milkshake blended with Frangelico & vodka.
Hugo definitely gets a thumbs up as an "occasion" restaurant. The service was efficient, but our waiter had a shtick that was clear he stuck to almost robotically. Questions were met with a little annoyance for breaking his Shatner-cadenced delivery. That aside, we never felt rushed. The whole experience lasted better than 2 1/2 hours. Great pace and a great place.