I'm killing for not writing this up earlier, but I wanted to give some advanced praise for the newest restaurant on Wickenden Street, The Blue Elephant. The restaurant doesn't open officially until Monday, but my friends were lucky enough to have this restaurant do a little "trial run" for their rehearsal dinner on Friday night.
They made a special menu for us, so I don't know how much of this is going to make it onto the actual menu, but here is a short description of what we had:
Appetizer: a crab cake with a sort of sweet salsa with capers, along with 3 mushrooms stuffed with white beans and shrimp. The crab cake was good and not too greasy, and the mushrooms were to die for. I could have stopped there and been totally happy with the meal.
Soup: it was a thick, sweet carrot/apple/ginger soup with a tiny bit of cilantro and diced jalapeno on top. The spicy jalapeno was such a perfect mix with the sweeter soup, and kept it from maybe being too bland.
Salad: spring mix with a wonderful balsamic dressing, sweet walnuts, and little goat cheese balls with herbs.
Dinner: We had a choice of scallops on top of a sweet potato cake, or citrus chicken over wild rice. I had the chicken, but I tried some of the scallops and the sweet potato cake, and I wish I had ordered that instead! In my opinion, the chicken was just a little bland. Not bad, but just not anything too exciting. The scallops were cooked perfectly, and the sweet potato "cake" was delicious.
Dessert: Amazing. It was a sort of tart or pancake baked with thinly sliced apples on top and then covered with blackberries, blueberries, powdered sugar, and drizzled with a brown sugar cinnamon sauce. It was the perfect ending to the night, because it was light and sweet and not too heavy at all. I only got one picture of the evening, and of course it was my dessert: <a href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2416/1...>
I looked over their menu, and it looks to be a lot of breakfast and lunch food. If it's served up with the same presentation and taste as everything we had at dinner, I'm sure they will do well.