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Blair's report

Clare K. | Apr 18, 2005 08:12 PM

Since they opened, I've been to Blair's several times. The first time was excellent, but the following 2-3 visits were just okay. Seemed they were experimenting with certain dishes and messing with a good thing.

Have been back a few times since, most recently this Saturday night, and I am happy to report they've smoothed things out. My friend and I split a bottle of Pinot (excellent, and well priced at $33), and the tuna tartar, truffled mac & cheese and the braised short ribs with a maple-pecan polenta.

The tuna tartar now comes with a disc-shaped fried wonton skin that sits directly on top of the mound of chunky tuna and avocado. The ginger dressing in the mixture is not too sweet (Luna Park's tuna poke tastes like it has sugar in it) and I really like that you can sink your teeth into the tuna. No chopped-up bits like some other places. Thinly sliced Japanese cucumber decorates the plate and makes a fine companion to the tuna.

The truffled mac & cheese is one dish that has always been fantastic. I would vote it as their signature. The pasta is perfectly al dente, and the creamy white cheese sauce is flavored with a hint of truffle oil - perfection on a plate. It's rich and light at the same time - satisfying but the flavors aren't overpowering.

I was pleasantly surprised when the waitress brought our braised short ribs on two separate plates (one for each of us; we had ordered one to split). The meat literally falls off the bone and melts in your mouth, and the slightly grainy texture of the maple pecan polenta is a much better side dish than the super smooth mashed potato they used to serve with it. Nice contrast to the soft, succulent meat.

For dessert, we split the banana brown butter hazelnut tart with creme fraiche ice cream. Heaven. Moist, warm banana cake with a hazelnut brittle and smooth, cool ice cream. Divine!

$112 for the two of us, including tax and tip.

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