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BlackSalt review

foodie in lawyer's clothing | Feb 28, 2005 09:36 AM

Well, after much anticipation, the hubby and I went to Black Salt on Saturday night. We really enjoyed it.

Quentin, our server, was quite a character. Hubby likes scotch, so he asked Quentin whether he happened to be a scotch drinker. Quentin was, and they had a 10 minute discussion on the various types available. Hubby liked the suggestion given.

Bread basket was two small half loaves of french bread and country white bread, served with what Quentin called "calamata olive infused olive oil." What he meant was very, very loose tapenade. It was yummy. Plenty of olive puree to scoop up and spread on the bread with a knife.

On to the food. For apps, I had the fried ipswitch clams, which came with a mustard sauce and a roasted red pepper sauce. The clams were whole belly, and nicely fried, but some were sandy (which was a real detraction) and some were chewy. Good overall, but far from perfect. Hubby had the monkfish cheeks with foie gras and potato gallette. A really small dish for $15, it was quite tasty although I felt the foie gras was a tad overcooked.

We both had the wood-grilled dorado for our entree. A good size portion of mild, flaky fish similar to mahi, it was served with a wonderful polenta (the hit of the night, methinks!) and rapini with a light, very light rosemary butter and sun-dried tomato sauce. A very lovely dish for $24. (N.B. Quentin suggested a pinot noir to go with the dorado because of the rosemary butter and the creamy polenta. He was right that a pinot noir went with those elements, but I thought it was HORRIBLE with the bitterness of the rapini. Clash of the flavors so strong I forwent the rapini in favor of the wine.)

We were quite full by then, so split a dessert. We had the chocolate peanut butter crunch cake, which was quite yummy. A layer of ganache-like fudgy cake (can you call that fudgy stuff cake?), a layer of vanilla fudgy-like stuff, over a crust made with crunchy peanut butter cookies. A hunk of peanut brittle and a substantial drizzle of chocolate sauce completed the decadent dessert. I understand the reviews were not particularly favorable of the pastry chef, but what we had was quite good. Decaf cappuccinos with our choice of 7 types of sugar topped the meal.

Dinner for 2 was $160 without tip.

We will be back.

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