We needed a nice dinner. Ann and I made a reservation for Hugo right near Halloween. The main reason that I went is because I had heard that the chef Sean Daly was recently selected to cook for the James Beard Foundation. That to me was something worth checking out. I asked my server about this and he had NO idea what I was talking about.
I don't mean to be a douche, but I think that's something you should know as a server. You don't have to scream it at people as they walk in the door, but it wouldn't hurt to bring it up when you're doing your spiel. I asked him a total of 4 times before he finally asked the chef about it and then gave me a little history lesson on something I already knew. The first 2 times I asked him I genuinely wanted him to find out. The second 2 times I asked I just kinda wanted to jerk him around because he obviously didn't give a rat's ass.
I had the scallops with bacon, truffle, arugula, cauliflower. These were so delicious. The sauce and the bacon with the scallop was amazing. They were really fresh.
They had a seasonal appetizer that Ann ordered. It was foie gras on a biscuit with blueberries and sour lemon ice cream. It was pretty good. If you've had foie gras you know it's common to pair it with a sweet item of equal richness. It's not so much that it was the lemon or the creaminess it was the fact that it was a cold pairing that made it not work for her 100%. But bear in mind - Ann would eat foie gras under any occasion.
Here's the hugo salad with New Potato, Local Greens, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Smoked Pommery Vinaigrette. The fried new potato really added to the texture. I could have used more goat cheese but that's just me. The dressing was really great.
I would eat this fish again in a heartbeat. The melted leeks and mushroom confit were so rich and delicious it wouldn't matter what type of fish they chose that day. On this particular occasion it was a sea bass. MMMM!
Ann had the spare ribs which were seasonal and on their way out for the season. They were delicious. I had a tiny bite of them and they were pretty great.
Ann and a peanut butter mousse with a homemade marshmallow. She thought it was pretty good. I am in no way jazzed about peanut butter so it was an immediate pass for me.
Here's the chocolate bread pudding. This is now the best bread pudding that I've had in the whole city. It was so good. Texturally it was not too mushy and not too crisp. So good!
I would go back to Hugo often. I really liked the atmosphere and the food.