We had a fantastic dinner at Koberl At Blue last Saturday night. The two of us went for my husband’s birthday. We had a reservation for 8 pm, we arrived about 10 minutes early and they seated us immediately. The place was packed and loud. There were a couple of large groups and one right near us was over the top with their noise level. Our server yelled the specials to us and we yelled our questions back and forth, she then went away, came back in a few minutes and asked us if we wanted to move to a quieter table. We did want to and did move, but note, we had not complained a bit.
For us it was one of those nights when we couldn’t really decide what we wanted. Many appetizers sounded good and we thought we might go with all appetizers. We did end up getting 3 and a bowl of soup and shared all. Then we ordered 2 entree’s and took half of them home. We split dessert. We had brought our own bottle of wine, even though they had a $20 corkage. We were more than delighted that they waved the corkage fee on our bill.
From the menu we ordered the Seared Sea Scallops with artichoke duxelle. It was tasty, but not unusual, and the warm gruyere tart, which was delicious and a nice combination with the greens on the side. We also ordered a special appetizer of pierogis with smoked sturgeon. These were very good and had homey feeling. We also had the soup which was fresh a corn chowder presented with a small crab cake in the center. The soup was one of my favorite things, it was silky with great fresh corn flavor. There were bits of onions in the bottom that made it even better.
There were a number of good sounding specials, Sea Bass, Quail, and Pheasant prepared 2 different ways, but in the end we both ordered off the menu. I had the duck with the potato hash. All excellent. He had the rack of lamb with the herb crusted potato gratin. The potato gratin was another favorite thing as was the broccolini aside his lamb.
We shared a dessert which was a special that night of cheesecake with port marinated berries. It was also terrific.
The service was excellent, and since we were late and took our time the noise level calmed down appreciably. All presentations were attractive. The only negative was the bread. I love good bread and this was nothing special. In the end it worked out because if it was good, I would have eaten too much and not had room for all the other delicious things.