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Blue Ribbon Review

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Blue Ribbon Review

Lucia | May 29, 2006 01:43 AM

The occasion tonight was a belated birthday dinner for my boyfriend/double date thrown by my boyfriend's brother. I've been to Blue Ribbon Bakery, and, besides the bone marrow appetizer, I wasn't at all impressed with the food. So, while I wasn't convinced that I was going to have a good meal, I wanted to give the real Blue Ribbon a chance to see if it was all it was cracked up to be. In a nutshell, I didn't think it was.

We started with the seafood plateau--raw clams, oysters, and scallops, as well as prawns, lobster, and crab. The plateau was a very generous portion, and everything was fresh. I have to admit that the raw shellfish thing is lost on me, but our dining companions were very pleased.

I had scallops tonight. I haven't seen scallops on the menu of a single restaurant I've been to lately, and I've been craving them. So, tonight when the waiter announced the scallops were one of the two specials of the evening, the expression on my face was so obviously pleased that the waiter told me after I ordered that he wasn't surprised because he'd seen me light up. Unfortunately, I wasn't thrilled with my dish. There were four mushy scallops arranged around a bed of salad greens, all in a thin pool of cauliflower puree. I wish that the scallops had had more texture and taste. They weren't bad, but just not very good. My boyfriend ordered the filet mignon, another special. He ordered the meat medium rare, but it was overdone. It was also served in an overwhelming pool of sauce. The filet mignon came with potato cakes that were essentially like fast food hash browns. My boyfriend's brother's girlfriend ordered the paella, which she enjoyed but I didn't think was very good. The rice was rather bland, and the sausage was overcooked. I didn't have a chance to try the shelfish. My favorite paella in the city is still at La Nacional.

We didn't have much room for dessert and decided to share the flourless chocolate cake with gelato. The cake was good, but again left me unexcited.

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