Mountain View Brasserie February 2016
Eve (or, Happy VD, according to the romantically
inclined) found us close-to-home, support-local at
Mountain View Brasseriea short drive made even more
convenient by the -2° stabbing upon our departure.
MVB is our perennial culinary favorite, not only for its quality but also for the comfort zone few other eateries engender, and our past reviews of MVB and the Freehold Country Inn will attest to that.
Ingredients this evening: Terrys greeting and checking of quality, small touches like a carnation for the departing women and valentine Kisses for all, white linens and small white shaded lamps centerpieces, Francoise ambiance, worthy service from Rebeccaa long-time favorite, a worthy range of menu choices made better from the half-dozen specials, the buzz of a busy Valentines crowd, and more.
As for our menu choices:
Paired with all entrées was a choice of baked potato or au gratin, and a portion of the ratatouille, prepared as expertly as any place we visit.
All dinners came with a preceding salad (a worthy eight-inch plate of greens and accompaniments) or a large cup of pureed tomato basil soup (excellent flavor of both ingredients). Affirmative votes came from the six salad and three soup partakers.
The customary two silver trays of French bread, wrapped in white linen, were delivered within minutes, accompanied by two pairs of ramekins of softened butter.
Dessert beckoned, and
several answered the call:
An unusual alignment of the stars had only five of nine drinking red wine. A bottle of Pitch 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and one of Chateau Bellevue la Randee 2013 Bordeaux sufficed, while the remaining order included three water-imbibers and one tea sipper.
Pacing for the evening felt more leisurely than usual, especially leading up to entrée delivery. Reservations at prime time on Valentines Day will do that. However, the entire evening spanned 150 minutes, just barely longer than usual.
The bill of $106 per couple included food, drink, tip and taxanother reasonable evening at MVB.
If I skimped on details, past reports will testify to our fondness of a Buel-Suhner operation. Thank you, Terry and Rebecca, for another enjoyable evening.
DP9 had no pre-session, choosing to convene directly at the restaurant, where we caught up on news. Topics included: Deb Ks gift of three chocolate pieces per couple, and thank you, Deb; a new chocolate business venture for Deb, we suggested; Valentines Day expectations; Teator cruise talk for April; Notar cruise talk for next year; Kerrys ride to Poughkeepsie later in evening (ugh); many ideas how to use the hourglass that was originally for timing the brewing of the Harneys tea; Chay getting the mean end of the hourglass; the whereabouts of the Monteverds and Adamses and Pisano/Burhouse; newsflash of Scalia; the two day frigid snap; the doings of our children; post-Super Bowl; Kerrys beard; church activities; Finger Lakes; wine clubs; Denniss photos and panoramas; Debs paintings; diets of three of the evenings attendees; ... Dennis trying to banish Deb K to the other end of the table (quite unsuccessful); C-D bargaining news, and gasps; cold weather heating and plumbing problems of the past; and more that have eluded me.