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Madison Restaurant Week - Veranda

As Madison Restaurant Week roles on, Lindsay and I went to check out the new Veranda.  It’s located on Fish Hatchery Road in the building that used to house Café Continental and before that La Paella. 
 
Former owners of Café Continental just reopened this place a few days ago.  The official grand opening is next Monday.  As with any restaurant just opening, they are still working out all the kinks.
 
Even though they’re just getting started, it was still mostly a great meal.  I had the shrimp cocktail appetizer.  It’s hard to make shrimp cocktail amazing.  The shrimp were decent in size and the dipping sauce was okay.  Lindsay had a Caesar salad that was fairly plain.  It could have used some cheese or maybe a hard-boiled egg or even some anchovies. 
 
However, the main course was fantastic.  Lindsay ordered the roasted zucchini.  It was lasagna made of zucchini with sweet onions, fresh pasta sheets, and fresh mozzarella and Romano cheese in a light creme sauce.  It came with a stuffed grilled tomato.  It was amazing!
I had the grilled Mahi Mahi and it reminded me of some fish I had when we went to Hawaii last winter.  It had fresh mango, pineapple and avocado salsa and was served on a bed of sweet coconut-cilantro and sticky rice.

For dessert, Lindsay got the flan which was fantastic and I had an ice cream chocolate cake that featured Zanzibarl, which one of my favorite Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and Nutella along with caramel ice cream.  I was in heaven.

The service was very friendly and will become even sharper as time goes on.  We dinned outside which is surrounded by many trees making it the perfect outdoor spot.

They have an interesting brunch and lunch menu and I know we’ll return soon.


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