(Lunch liaisons is a regular segment wherein C and I meet for weekday lunch dates. The associated posts are not nearly as cloak-and-dagger as they may sound, but instead are reviews consistent with the quick and painless lunch hour theme).
Our lunch at the Oval Room was exactly what it should have been. The food was great, the meal proceeded in a timely manner, and the service was unobtrusive. Our appetizers (pics below; try to guess which is which) were so pretty and colorful, I felt that pics needed to be included. My roasted beet salad, highlighted by passion fruit gelee and ice-wine vinaigrette, was refreshing and unique. C's tuna tartare, with coconut and chili flavors, was palate pleasing. Both of us were in a seafood mood; Thai curry prawns (nice flavor balance) for me, and crispy rockfish for C (rockfish is a hard dish to profile, but the herby ratatouille was a nice compliment). Apps were probably slightly better, but no complaints about the entrees. We debated whether to add dessert, and ended up splitting the almond toffee cake. I'm glad we did - the cake itself was bliss, but it was a wonderful adventure when paired with apple compote and salted caramel ice cream (likely too savory by itself, but perfect for the cake).