Featured Restaurant on Rick's DineSite Journal

DineSite:

Maisonette

Location:

126 East 6th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio

Website:
Review:

 19.5/20

Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
Jan 29, 2004 -

Maisonette, five star restaurant for 39 straight years (and the only one in the area), offers a price fixe seven course dinner complete with wine with each course. What a great treat for the weary traveler or adventurous diner to sit back and luxuriate in the fabulous setting with thoughtful attentive service, delicious food, and creative pairings with fine wine! See below. 

Atmosphere - Intimate, cosmopolitan and stylishly elegant, located in the heart of downtown business district. Everything was very comfortable with the minor exception of the audio. They need to update and replace their 1970's ceiling based speakers with a modern technology audio system. The inadequacy of the system was exacerbated and accentuated by the lively brassy music music they played. Everything else was close to perfection. 4.5/5

Food - The traditional French cuisine met lofty expectations set by the five star rating. They are a standard bearer. 5/5

Wine - The winelist is not extensive but it is well thought out and boasts an impressive array of wines for all palates and budgets - from the most demanding connoisseurs to the budget conscious neophytes. There are selections of top rated vintages and top producers as well as modest offerings from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone, Australia, California as well as a very respectable list of Champagnes, stickies, and desert and port selections. There are first growth Bordeaux, (Mouton, Lafite, Margaux, as well as top seconds such as Pichon, Montrose, Gruaud Larose, and second lables), Penfolds Grange, Harlan Estate, without being pretentious or overbearing. These are tastefully mixed with entry level respectable selections. What is most impressive is that they offer some creative selections that are unique and undiscovered yet of quality and distinction at reasonable prices. Other restaurants could take a lesson here on the breadth and depth of offering in a acceptable, non overwhelming, modest selection that fits on three pages. See Wine Selections below. 5/5

Service was thorough, gracious, friendly, attentive and non intrusive - an art in balancing a fine line. Well done. 5/5

The prices were high, certainly for the location, but not outrageous or out of line considering the quality of product and experience. 

Overall - 19.5/20

Here is the selection of wines offered with their price fixe Chef's Expressions 7 course dinner offering. 1) With the celery foie gras with black truffle 'soup' - Bollinger NV Cuvee Champagne. 2) Dungeness crab bisque and black truffle puree - DeBouf Pouilly Fusse 2001. 3) Lobster with pineapple and vanilla bean - Chappellet Chenin Blanc 2001. 4) Hudson Valley foie gras with parsnip puree, grapes and walnuts - Far Niente Dolce. 5) Grilled Grouper with blue cheese gnochi - Santa Barbara Vineyards "ZCS" (Zinfandel, Carignane, Sangiovese (55%, 28%, 17%)! 6) Venison with veal au ju and celery root puree and chanterelle mushrooms - Penfolds Bin 28 2001. 7) Selection of assorted cheeses - Warre's Reserve Tawny 1987. Dessert - Chocolate soufle and selection of chocolate and orange truffles - Vieuv Cliquoet Demi-sec.
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