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RW: Meritage

Spike | | Aug 15, 2006 10:06 PM

Finally hit Meritage for RW last night after missing it the last year or two and hearing you folks say it was a great experience (though that probably raised my expectations too high)-:

The bread basket was good with a warm potato roll, a warm slice of multigrain bread, and a dark nutty bread w/ blueberries.

For appetizers, we had the soft shell crab, which was fried in a cornmeal coating rather than the usual batter coating. It was served over some fresh tiny grape shaped tomatoes. It was good, but parts of it (the gills maybe?) were a bit chewy. We much prefer the "spider maki" at Osushi and Douzo technique of preparing soft shell crab.

For entrees, we had the tuna and filet mignon. The tuna was coriander coated w/ a drizzled balsamic sauce around it; it was an appetizer-sized entree IMHO, so I'm glad I didn't get it :-)

The filet mignon was about 4" round w/ a horseradish sauce (I've never been fond of putting a sauce on a good steak, but it worked well on this because filet mignon doesn't have that much taste); It also came w/ sliced carrots and broccoli for vegetables. The mashed potato tower was was shaped into a cylinder before being cooked w/ a potato chip stuck into the top.

The desserts were the most creative and best presented. The citrus tasting one had a great orange creme brulee (sounds weird, but tastes good), a key lime creamsicle w/ a chocolate stick, and an orange chiffon cake w/ lots of orange flavoring. The chocolate tasting one was somewhat bland in comparison: what looked like a chocolate/chocolate reese's cup (shell was too hard), a chocolate/chocolate eclair (bland tasting), a white chocolate flavored slice of cake, and a 1" round scoop of mint tea flavored ice cream (not much mint tea taste).

We also got two amuse bouches: a warm tomato soup w/ parsley oil (great for dipping the bread in) before the appetizer, and a few cookies (snowball w/o the sugar, and raspberry thumbprint about 1/3 normal size) after the dessert.

Service was good, attentive and efficient, although they mixed up dishes to everyone in our party except one (the dessert guy said he was new). It wasn't very crowded when we left around 8pm; even at 7pm, it was maybe 80% full. We also had no problems adding 2 more to our party (the veal cheaks over risotto looked good as did the quail appetizer).

Views were great...we were seated in the middle of the room and still had window views of John Henry's (the guy who used to own the Red Sox) giant yacht. I thought the sunset would have been prettier, but it happened on the other side. The view is pretty at night w/ the ships coming and going.

All in all, a mostly good experience, but not inspiring :-P
My brother said the regular menu entree sizes were about the same, so I'm not sure dining there would be my bag of tea. I don't expect to be stuffed, but I would get annoyed if I ended up wondering where the entree was at the end of dinner...lucky I had a big lunch on Monday :-)