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Restaurant Spotlight: 2941 Restaurant

For 2941 Restaurant, hidden away among Koi ponds and impeccably manicured landscapes that border the calm neighborhood, excellence is a must, be it the service, the presentation, the atmosphere or the food. rs-2941a

For 2941 Restaurant, hidden away among Koi ponds and impeccably manicured landscapes that border the calm neighborhood, excellence is a must, be it the service, the presentation, the atmosphere or the food.

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2941 Restaurant (Photo: News-Press)

The modern French-American restaurant, which boasts of luxury at its best, houses mini waterfalls and fountains that accentuate the unique dining experience. At 2941, there is no mistaking the perfection of the designer china and the European sculptures. It is hard to imagine, then, how the restaurant’s cuisine could possibly match up to such splendor.

Turns out, the décor struggles to keep up with the wondrously distinguished tastes. The adventure begins with the aromatic bread presented at the start of the meal. In place of the typical breadsticks, are French baguettes, of different varieties. Warm to the touch and unmistakably fresh-baked, the diversity ranges from pastries speckled with chocolate to whole grain breads sprinkled with raisins, with the ever-faithful cup of butter on the side. Continuing the array of assorted breads, the waitress brings a small complimentary sample, an amuse-bouche, in preparation for the real work of art soon to come – and just as well.

The appetizers from the a la carte menu, can be as simple as Local Beet Salad ($12), which is accompanied by Sicilian pistachios, pickled cherries and goat cheese, or as complex as Bigeye Tuna Tartar ($18). If you’re craving a taste that is not too shocking, but deliciously new as well, sample a bite of the Maine Lobster Summer Roll ($19), meaty lobster pieces in Crenshaw melon gelée, topped with heirloom tomato concassée and shiso. Pair it up with a glass of wine from 2941 Restaurant’s vast selection, which includes over 5,000 offerings, sure to entice all kinds of wine lovers.

Though the number of choices for the entrées is no larger than that of the appetizers, the diversity is more gratifying. The Pacific Monchong ($29), lightly grilled and stained with tumeric, comes with an underlay of thin curry and basmati rice with a faint hint of lychee. The monchong melts on the tip of your tongue, the meat of the fish just tender enough to lightly chew. The dish’s seafood companions include the Tasmanian Salmon ($34) and the Daurade Royale ($36). Straying from the sea, the Citrus Crusted Lamb Loin ($44) and Roasted Veal Loin ($32) offer a nice break from the usual with its herb risotto, artichoke and tomato vinaigrette companions.

For those who yearn for fine French culinary desserts, the Chocolate Zinfandel Moëlleux ($11), is an absolute delight, with its vanilla panna cotta foam, blackberry compote and amaretti cookies. The dessert menu comes with suggestions of wine pairings at an additional $10 and up, to balance out the sugar of the Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée ($10) or the Almond Crêpe Soufflé ($11). For a luxurious take on the familiar, ask for the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich ($12), made with roasted sweet cherries, flourless chocolate cake and sablé Breton.

2941 Restaurant may be more appealing to those willing to break the piggy bank for some good cuisine, but also offers at dinner the meal option of a 4 Course Prix Fixe ($58) or a 6 Course Tasting Menu ($95), each offers a generous assemblage of the Chef’s specialties. However, if you do not mind dressing up a little for a special occasion at a diner beautifully embellished down to every detail, there should be no problem in overlooking the prices.

Hours:

Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dinner: Mon. – Thurs., 5 – 9:30 p.m.; Fri. – Sat., 5 – 10 p.m.; Sun., 5 – 9 p.m.