We started by splitting the Custom Cheese Plate. On Tuesdays you can get a cheese plate with a glass of wine for $10. The cheesemonger, Daniel Largess, came over and described each of the three cheeses he selected for that day. There was a Camembert au Calvados made with apple brandy (cow, France, soft-ripened), a Trugole (cow, Italy, semi-soft) and an Iberico (cow, goat & sheep, Spain, firm) similar to Manchego. This was served with slices of baguette, marcona almonds, granny smith apple and a smear of honey. The wine that accompanied the cheese plate was Paul Mas, Picpoul de Pinet from France, a dry white. My husband ordered a beer to drink, and we proceeded to devour everything on the plate. It was the perfect starter for two. Next we split a Caprese Salad of tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil--so simple, fresh and light. The in-season tomato, both amazingly sweet and perfectly ripe, was the obvious star of the dish.
For entree my husband ordered the Beef Pastrami Sandwich with house sauerkraut, comte, Russian dressing, and toasted miche. I was allowed a bite and it was pretty spectacular. The pastrami was hearty and robust, while the kraut provided a zesty tang. I had the Mussels with garlic, white wine, parsley, butter and grilled bread. The mussels were perfectly cooked and that saucy broth at the bottom was addictive; a match made in heaven with the bread. For dessert I usually have the Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie (my favorite), but that evening we branched out and tried the Bread Pudding with peaches on top. It was all the things you expect from a top notch bread pudding, plus the added bonus of spiced peaches. A truly satisfying end to our meal. The servers are comfortable and professional with the new table service and we felt very well attended. The only thing I have yet to try at épicerie is their Sunday Brunch. Always something to look forward to. (Cathy)