Restaurant Week: Equinox

Last night, Wendy, Ashley, Wendy's co-worker Amy, and I went to dinner at Equinox for Restaurant Week. After an awesome meal at Rasika, I was looking forward to this dinner. I have heard the name Equinox quite a bit, and my expectations were high. When we came to the front door, Celine Dion - it's All Coming Back To Me Now started playing in my head. Why? Because I have actually eaten at Eqinox a few years ago with Alyssa, and the experience was rather lackluster. Alas, nothing has changed much.

Let me just say that the company was great and the restaurant is absolutely beautiful. The service was good. And the food was good. But just good. I was hoping for something more inspiring and impressive from Todd Gray. And another thing, once again, they offered only 2 choices for each of the courses: seriously? :)

Okay, and now to the food.

We were presented with a mini dish of olives and salami, along with bread served with white bean dip (Kim O'Donnel would have been so happy!)
Equinox offered 2 specialty drinks for Restaurant Week Menu. Wendy chose Garden Blackberry "Margarita": omg, it was super strong, but pretty good.
Amy and I chose Sangria "Blanco"--pretty refreshing, but did not give me a buzz (and it does not take a lot for me to get a buzz).
Wendy's appetizer: Three onion salad with aged sherry vinaigrette (mache lettuce, crisply shallots and smoked applewood bacon): it just looked like a salad with some fried onions on top.
Ashley, Amy and I chose Creamy Rappahannock corn chowder with Gulf shrimp (foundued leeks, roasted sweet corn and lobster roe): this was a pretty delicious and rich soup. I can't remember tasting any lobster roe though. And my biggest pet peeve: the potatoes were under cooked!!!
For the main course, Amy and I chose BBQ'd Scottish salmon with summer corn (backyard basil, fingerling chips and sweet corn): the salmon was cooked perfectly, the corn was sweet, and the sauce was lovely. The fingerling potato chips? I think there might have been five...I wanted more!
Ashley and Wendy chose Grilled Angus beef hanger steak with wilted Romaine (black bean puree, piquillo peppers and crunchy tortillas): the dish looked pretty, but it could have been any steak salad from a local restaurant. It really should have come with a side of something. [photo courtesy of Ashley]
Everyone, but Wendy, chose semi-sweet chocolate truffle cake with lavender gelato and citrus tuille: the cake was awesome! Rich, smooth, and definitely filling. The gelato wasn't my cup of tea, but I still ate it. The citrus flavor was completely amiss in the tuille.
Wendy's dessert was marinated blueberries and strawberries served with pistachio zabaglione and pistachio crisp. She was underwhelmed by the concoction.
Final thoughts: this was a good meal, but nothing note-worthy, and definitely a let down for such a well-known restaurant and chef. Don't think I'll be back (unless, once again I forget that I've already dined there). Now I'm tempted to go to another dinner to end this Restaurant Week on a high note.


BlueToYou said...

reading this at lunchtime made me soooo hungry. does kind of seem like even with the presentation, Equinox was just going through the motions...

Amy said...

I remember this meal (was just going through the restaurant reviews)! I agree...not all that impressive. :/