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THE BEST OF 2008
A look back at some memorable restaurant meals
By S. IRENE VIRBILA, Restaurant Critic
December 31, 2008
Anisette’s fruits de mer
A good friend, a table at Anisette and a towering plateau de fruits de mer: That’s my idea of a perfect light supper at Alain Giraud’s oh-so-French brasserie. I love to order a bottle of minerally white wine and alternate sips with crisp, tiny Kumamoto or Hood Canal oysters, pretty little clams and Carlsbad mussels, meaty crab legs and plump shrimp dipped, French-style, in a tomato-tinged Marie Rose sauce.
If I really want to splurge, I’ll order the biggest platter, the Royal, which comes with a whole poached lobster and makes a splendid dinner for two or three.
Be sure to ask about any arrivages de la marée — arrivals from the sea — that ecailler (shellfish man) Christophe Happillon has got in that day.
And if you’re still hungry, order the lovely rack of lamb for two served with a sumptuous gratin dauphinoise.