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Bluechili--mediocre, based on limited data

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Bluechili--mediocre, based on limited data

Denis | Mar 9, 2004 01:51 PM

Went there last night after the theater. The service was pretty inattentive, and I found the space, touted as hip and slick, shabby-looking, but that may have been partly a product of it being fairly empty. I got the following things:

Crab pancakes: decent crab flavor but I was hoping for some crispness of the crust. I know tod mun pla, if that's what the Thai fish cakes are called, aren't usually very crisp on the outside, and this dish seemed to be in that spirit, but I still found them kind of soggy. Even tod mun pla usually have some nice surface texture of some kind.

Pan-fried snapper: Standard whole snapper with fried chunks curling off it and that sweetish sauce poured over. Same as at Red Garlic, where I think the chef here worked at one point. I thought this was going to be somewhat different, but it was an OK version of this OK dish. It came with a side of zucchini and yellow squash, which was pretty limp, flavorless, and cold.

I didn't taste my friends' stuff, grilled salmon and unagi-don, but they were similarly underwhelmed.

Perhaps the kitchen wasn't firing on all pistons when we were there, and definitely the day and time deprived the experience of whatever enhancement a lively crowd might have given.

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