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Surprizingly good dinner at Salut [MSP]


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Surprizingly good dinner at Salut [MSP]

ffthought | | Feb 3, 2009 09:32 AM

We went to Salut when it first opened and had lunch. It was not good. My burger was overcooked and bland; my wife's openfaced sandwich way to greasy. We tried some appetizers again about a year ago and were again disappointed.

But last Saturday we thought we should give it one more try. And I'm so glad we did. We did not eat a ton, but what we had was mostly excellent.

One-side seared tuna tartar:
a cylindrical mound of tuna, seared on one side, topped with white and black sesame seeds, with a layer of avacado in the middle. On the plate was some wasabi, wasabi mayonnaise, and pickled ginger. It was a nice presentation. I certainly did not expect anything remotely Japanese would be good here, but my wife wanted it. The textute and flavor of the tuna was excellect, the avacado adding a not-quite-redundant creaminess. The portion was large. We agreed the taste was very good, me with a lot of wasabi, she with little.

Frisee salad with goat cheese and warm bacon dressing:
nice big pieces of thick cut bacon. The frisee still had a bit of a crunch to it (I hate it when "wilted frisee" is overcooked). The goat cheese was too young and not strong enough to be decifered from the bacon flavor, but the overall bitter/sweet/savory thing did happen nicely.

Steak sandwich:
the bottom bread was soggy, though that was expected. The steak was perfectly cooked and surprizingly tender; the cheese and sauteed onions were great. I was happy that it was not dry and did not require the provided mayonnaise. Actually, maybe the best steak sandwich I've had since the last time I was at Ely's.

No dessert; a couple glasses of a cheap, but yummy malbec; adequate service, if a bit too harried for 6 o'clock.

I just really enjoyed the whole meal and wanted to share as I think I have had some hard words for Salut in the past.

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