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Restaurant Roux

In Eating Out, Food on May 12, 2014 at 16:36

My girlfriend’s treat for my birthday was at Restaurant Roux (Thanks ST!).

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The restaurant was tucked along Fremont Ave and had a warm, lay-back, comforting and homey feel.

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Overall, it was a fun eating experience.

We were really excited with the unusual ingredients on the menu: frog legs, pigs’ ears and gizzards.

Along with the unexpected offer, we had pasta from Il Corvo and octopus.

Here are the breakdown:

The first plate to arrive was the fried chicken gizzard — oh so good!!!

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It was fried just right with the crunchiness of the gizzards and their fibrous texture — yet still moist.

The coating was light and delicious.

Gizzards, chicken’s or duck’s, were one of my favorite snack food growing up.

My mom made the duck gizzards as a cold appetizer just with plain salt and “lo shui” , braised flavor.

I would eat them non-stop.

Since I moved to the States, I rarely found them served anywhere.

The last time I had them was at Ezell’s fried chicken which was a huge let down.

It was over-fried resulting in  dry and chewy and cardboard gizzards.

This time, we were in luck!

This chicken gizzards were perfect snack with drinks as well.

Next we had the pigs’ ears, buffalo style; most definitely a first for me as my past encounter with pigs’ ears had been in Chinese cold appetizer.

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The pigs’ ears were sliced thinly in strips, coated with a fairly thick coating with strong buffalo spicy flavor and melty blue cheese.

We were disappointed with it because the enjoyment of pigs’ ears were robbed by these strong flavors, its crunchy coating and the thinly-sliced application.

We were not able to savor the best part of pig’s ears — the crunch from the cartilages.

It was a nice snack if one wanted pigs’ ears without really eating pigs’ ears.

Both my girl friend and I preferred the Chinese pigs’ ears preparation which had thicker cuts with detectable cartilage and no coating.

Perhaps a lighter flavor and less coating would also let the pig’s ears shine through more.

The frog legs arrived and I was immediately salivating!

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The aromas of the dish was royally appealing: every one of my taste bud was ready for business!!

The frog legs were very tender and flavorful.

Lots of butter, tomatoes, garlic and fresh parsley, the dish was fresh and sweet.

I could not get enough of the sauce!

Flavors were cooked through and through into the frog legs; the dish just screamed rustic, rich and delicious!

I had not had frog legs’ for a very long time, and certainly not in an American restaurant establishment.

I was grateful the Restaurant Roux offered this dish and made it so well!

Octopus followed the frog legs.

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The flavors of the grilled octopus was very nice, simply salted and a bit of charred flavor.

However, it was a little overcooked for my taste, at the cusp of just turning chewy from tender.

The potato salad with pickled celery on the bed was excellent.

Potatoes were cooked tender and savory with horseradish-like flavor.

Lastly, we had the most excellent Il Corvo spaghetti with oysters, bacon and melted leek.

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Another to-die-for aromas from this dish!

The sauce was buttery, dense with flavors of the earth and the sea, and came across sweet.

The symphony of smokiness and meatiness of bacon, the plump and sweet small oysters, and the sweetness of aromatic leek worked fantastically well together.

Every bite was creamy and luscious.

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We had cocktails with our meal — unfortunately I already forgot their names!

They were very strong and quite delicious.

The orange one above did not work for me as it reminded me too much of cough syrup.

Our waitress was very nice and swapped out mine to the one my girlfriend was having which was sweet, bitter, smooth with a hint of lime flavor — extremely delicious, palatable and great compliment to our food.

Flavors were awesome at Restaurant Roux, but one note of caution: the food were exxtremely salty.

I remained very thirsty on the drive home and continued drinking water well into bed.

I wish the salt usage could be dramatically reduced — the meal would be perfect!

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