My wife and I had a very enjoyable meal at T Restaurant (75 Congress St., Salem) last night. Nice atmosphere, with very friendly service (and as my wife even said, noticeably attractive Elle McPherson-like server) -- a bit on the smallish side, maybe 10-12 tables. Fairly compact menu, but covered just about all of the protein territory -- one chicken, steak, and veal chop dish each. And a couple of fish dishes -- swordfish, scallops, and a dover sole special. Nothing vegetarian on the entree list, though, if you're looking for that.
We started with the champignon filo (a phyllo dough filled with mushrooms), which was resting on a madeira beurre blanc (butter sauce) that was just scrumptious. Nice size and the chef had thoughtfully cut it into two since we were sharing.
My wife had the scallops (about 6-7 grilled) which rested on a yellow Thai-style curry sauce. Scallops were perfectly cooked -- the sauce was a bit on the sweet side, but worked fairly well with the scallops. The sides were mashed potatoes (decent) and sauteed green beans with a little bit of red and yellow peppers (tasty). According to my wife, the best side was a sauteed watercress.
I had the veal chop, nice sized and cooked as ordered medium rare. Delicious. Same sides as my wife's plate absent the watercress.
At the end of the meal, they brought us over a complimentary butter and chocolate chip cookie for each of us.
Total (no wine) was $54 plus tip.
All in all, I was very impressed. The food was polished -- which was lacking when I complained about Goat Hill Grill in Beverly a while back. The chef seems to know what he is doing. I will definitely be back.
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