Restaurants & Bars 2


Spike! | Sep 13, 2005 11:02 PM

As chowhounds have mentioned, it's a relatively inexpensive place to hit in the South End (on Berkeley St.) with good dishes. I had thought it was simple food from the description, so I was surprised at the presentation.

Started with the 5 spice tuna appetizer. It was composed of 4 thin slices of a block of tuna that had been dusted w/ 5 spice and then grilled lightly on the outside (the inside was sashima raw). It was next to a bunch of raw watercress (odd choice for salad material since it's a bit bitter in a raw state) and a bunch of soba noodles w/ a light sesame taste.

We had salmon and tenderloin for our entrees. They actually asked how I'd like the salmon cooked! Hardly any restaurants do this and it actually came out medium rare as I like it (I hate overcooked tuna). The tuna sat on top of a warm corn and chunks of sweet potato (they called it a hash) that was pretty tasty; the cold salsa on top and surrounding the corn/sweet potatoes didn't really seem to go with it though. The beef tenderloin was nice and tender and again cooked as requested. It sat on top of a huge mound of mashed potatoes and some asparagus sat on top of a red wine sauce.

The mango cheesecake was the most disappointing dish of the night. It was a fairly large round mini-cheesecake, but the mango was tiny bits of mango just above the crust. The cheesecake itself didn't have much mango taste.

Worth a trip, but skip the dessert, though the chocolate trifle sounded interesting...

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