Blackfin has now opened in Boston, in the space where Ambrosia was. I had sent an email last week asking when they would be opening, and they replied they were open. With nothing better to do last Friday night, my husband & I decided to check it out. Our server told us they had a "soft opening" on the 24th.
You can make reservations online at OpenTable.com (one of my favorite websites). We made our reservations about an hour before.
I guess I should preface this by saying we were big fans of Ambrosia, and were very sorry that Tony Ambrose decided to change it into Blackfin. I know that he has said if he ever finds the right space, he will reopen Ambrosia. We shall see.
The decor is very "ship-like". The walls are painted a dark blue & there is lots of wood (or at least brown paint). There are some rods & reels hanging in various places.
There is now a sushi bar where the dessert prep area used to be. Behind the sushi bar is a huge "tuna coffin" - one of the signature decorations.
The menu is pretty much the same as the Blackfin in Hingham, with the addition of sushi/sashimi plates. I believe the sushi plate was $14, and the sashimi was $16. Since we've always loved Tony's Asian offerings we decided to share the sashimi platter. We were given a nice sized plate with 3 pieces of tuna, 3 pieces of salmon, 3 pieces of octopus and 3 pieces of another type of fish. There were also 3 rolls, which I think might have been squid, but I'm not sure. It was good anyway!
It took about 15 minutes for us to get the appetizer. Our server did stop by & let us know it would be a couple of extra minutes. However, once we were finished with the appetizer, our entrees were immediately served. I'm sure some of the timing issues just need to be worked out.
I had the filet (most of the beef dishes are "market priced" - the filet turned out to be $36). The entrees come with garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, green beans & waxed beans. Way too much sides for me! I definitely could have done without the spinach. The beef was very good, cooked to my specifications of medium. It was served with a wonderful demi glace that really made it good. However, it really wasn't as tasty without the sauce. I would still have to give Abe & Louie's props for the best steak (although I haven't been there in a couple of years).
I have to mention that the steak & beans were "warm", not quite the temperature I would have preferred. I like things just a little bit warmer - again, I'll chalk it up to a timing issue.
My husband had the tuna special, which was cooked perfectly for him (rare, really rare). It was served with the garlic mashed potatoes & a cucumber salad.
I didn't really memorize the wine list as I knew I wanted a nice Pinot Noir. We had the Bethel Heights Pinot Noir for $51. None of the wines were over $115. The wine list is different than what is offered in Hingham.
For dessert we shared the molten chocolate cake, which is served with some coffee ice cream. It was good. Not sure if the ice cream worked with it though.
Our server was very good. We were welcomed promptly, he gave us time to look over the menu and enjoy our wine a little before ordering.
With tip our bill was $175.
We did enjoy ourselves, and we know that there are a few kinks that need to be worked out with all new restaurants.
Please let me know if you have any questions (be gentle, this is my first review!)
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