Wife and I had dinner at Saul (Smith St.) on Saturday. Given the rave reviews on this board, this was an eagerly awaited event.
However, I am sad to day that I was somewhat disappointed. We ordered fish - I had the Cod and she had... maybe bass... I can't remember now. We found both dishes to be overly fussy and complicated - trying too hard. Not that the quality wasn't there - the fish was fresh and such, just that the combo of tastes and ingredients seemed to smother, rather than enhance the flavor.
I had a fish chowder, which was excellent, and unlike any I have every had. It was very light and the shrimp and mussels were soft and chewy - I mean that in a good way. But, at $12 it was a small bowl indeed - really more like a cup. Ouch.
Service was decent if not friendly, wine selection was decent and pricey. Experience was not soothing - due to the high noise level - the space is one of those that amplifies everything.
Sorry to say, but at the prices they charge ($100 before tip, for two, with appetizers, entres, a glass of wine each, and no dessert is very high end for Bklyn), I won't be back. I can do Blue Ribbon or any number of restaurants I enjoy more for around $70.
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