Last friday night we went out to Araka, a Southern European restaurant, for their tasting menu. The high ceilings and trendy décor made this a great choice for a Friday night meal. I had only been here for drinks before and was pleased to see the place vibrant and alive at dinnertime. I started out with the escargo with wild mushrooms, which was absolutely amazing. The dish was rich and flavorful, and went great with the outstanding freshly-made (still warm from the oven!) homemade rolls that were brought to the table. This was followed by chicken with gnocchi topped with a tomato sauce. It might not sound too exciting, but the chicken was juicy and had a nice crispy skin. The gnocchi were okay, but salvaged by the tomatoes and swiss chard they came with. I also had some of the lemon sole with cauliflower puree that came with an apple, almond, currants salad with balsamic. It was the prettiest dish at the table, and I just had to have a bite. The meal was nicely finished off with a chocolate hazelnut bar with some raspberry sauce, which was the highlight of the meal for me. The flavors worked together exceptionally well; the rich chocolate mousse and crispy crust complemented each other so perfectly, I made sure to savor every single bite, making this a dessert I will not soon forget.