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Centre Street Sanctuary


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Centre Street Sanctuary

gini | | May 29, 2013 06:52 AM

We've been eagerly anticipating the opening of Centre Street Sanctuary: Since they serve until 11:30pm, 4 of us stopped in for dinner last night around 10:30.

The space:
Divided in two by a large bar, there is dinner seating on the right and a bar with high tops on the left. There are two tvs over the bar. Due to the music, our side was a bit loud, but we could still hold a conversation.

Everyone was very welcoming and enthusiastic. The food could have come out slightly sooner, but it's opening night - I'm not going to mark them down for that.

The menu:
A limited tap menu, but good bottle selection for beer. I ordered a glass of wine that was easily the largest I've ever seen poured at a restaurant. Way to make friends, Sanctuary.

Appetizers are between $5 and $10 - huge plates appeared out of the kitchen and the wings looked especially good - I need to try those next time. Entrees are between $15 and $20 - each protein is served with your choice of side. There is also a page of "Chef's Creations" with more composed dishes like etouffee. There are only 3 or so vegetarian options on the menu, which is friendlier than The Haven's late night menu, but still a little limited. I suppose you could make a meal out of the sides though.

The food:
Our vegetarian friend had some sort of cheese appetizer - there was fried cheese and unfried cheese. There was bread. There were onions and pickles and jams and things.
For our proteins, we chose: hanger steak, duck breast, and lamb top round. The temperatures on each was perfect. Our favorite was probably hanger steak with demi glace - just a great, flavorful piece of meat. My lamb with yogurt mint sauce was competent, but perhaps the duck could have received a bit more rendering. Roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes were well seasoned.

Overall, I'm looking forward to returning and trying out the rest of the menu.