Of course, since it was the first time my friend had ever made this dish, she was less than satisfied. She'd hoped to taste more lemon and anise, she said.
Ah well, you're always your own worst critic. The lemon zest sprinkled over the asparagus more than made up for and complimented the sea bass. And frankly, I'm glad I couldn't taste any kind of licorice: Anise is just not my thing, although having had to use it in restaurant cooking, I don't hate it as much as I used to.
All in all, what a great meal. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and you better believe I'm adding this to my repertoire ... hmmm, already planning my next dinner party.