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Very nice service at Union Bar&Grille

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Very nice service at Union Bar&Grille

Spike! | Oct 5, 2004 01:56 PM

Summary: excellent service, cornbread, and calamari appetizer. Dessert ok, Entrees ok.

Service was extremely attentive, if you're into that. Our appetizer utensils were replaced before the main course and the crumbs were cleaned off.

The bread is fresh cornbread in a small iron skillet served w/ a dish with a slice of what much be a huge chunk of butter. The cornbread was excellent, though I prefer mine a bit undercooked so it's slightly moist and chewy (the iron skillet causes it to be crunchy).

We split the calamari appetizer and they were nice enough to put it into two separate bowls for us. They did deliver it to the next table over by mistake and brought it back to the kitchen, supposedly to get us a new one, but I think it was the old one :-P The folks next door didn't touch it since they hadn't ordered anything yet, so it's not a big deal. The calamari was on a bed of arugula w/ a garlic aoli drizzled over the calamari; calamari was nice and tender.

My wife had the yellowtail flounder on squash. It was nice and tender and was nicely presented on a buttery sauce.

I had the 10K tuna which I had heard a lot of, but was a bit disappointed in. It's basically a chunk of tuna that has been coated w/ pepper/salt and lightly grilled on all sides like a sushi appetizer. For some reason, I expected it to be warm inside and medium rare instead of cool and sushi rare. It still tasted ok, but I wouldn't order it again.

We then had the vanilla bean creme brulee w/ a few pieces of fruit and shortbread cookies. The brulee crust was nice and thin. Nothing too extraordinary though.

Portion sizes were ok (the size you're supposed to get if they expect you to order appetizers and desserts). The noise level was ok when we got there at 6:30 before most of the crowd did; once it was packed, it was too loud to hold a normal conversation without yelling :-P

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