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BLD for lunch review

Chowpatty | | Jul 19, 2006 08:58 PM

We tried out the new BLD for lunch today -- this is the more casual cafe from the owners of Grace in the old Opaline/Red space. Menu was a little less imaginative than I had hoped, but as you might expect from Grace, ingredients and preparation were first-rate all the way. My main quibble was the prices -- I guess this isn't the 90s anymore! Several of the sandwiches are over $15, such as the Wagyu burger, the shortrib sandwich and pork sandwich.
I had the hempseed-crusted tofu salad with Asian greens and grilled shisito peppers ($12) -- it was light and flavorful with a soy dressing and the hempseeds were nice and crunchy on the outside of the tofu. My friend had the turkey burger with gruyere, it looked big and tasty ($12). I would like to see a few more interesting salads for the summer as I wasn't in the mood for bean and bacon soup and such. The dinner menu is the same as lunch with the addition of grilled half chicken, hangar steak or grilled salmon with two sides each. Room has been nicely updated once again, with an airy, open layout and the old bar area serving as an entry now.

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