Friday, July 31, 2009

Anis owners take over Allegro space

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 8:45 PM

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I had a great lunch at Anis today with my friends Brad and Frank. We learned from owner Arnaud Michel that he and his business partners have leased the space vacated by Allegro on Dutch Valley Road. He plans to open a new restaurant, Amuse, there by the end of September.

The chef will be Lenny Robinson, who was chef at Anis for several years. Arnaud said the menu is still in planning but, of course, diners can expect it to have a French accent.

Arnaud said he is "shrinking" the dining room a bit to make the space more intimate.

Today I lunched on a special of sauteed skate wing (above) under a warm salad of fresh corn, potatoes and octopus. Skate doesn't seem to be very popular in our city. Many people seem to find Its texture and sweetness displeasing, but it always reminds me of scallops.

We finished lunch with dessert samplers that included a profiterole filled with coconut ice cream, flan, a scoop of apricot sorbet and some cherries and strawberries. A light lunch.

(Photos by Cliff Bostock)

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