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goingoutagain | | Mar 4, 2008 03:54 PM

I had already booked a Monday night table for a friend's birthday, so despite being underwhelmed by Epic Roasthouse, we had dinner here last night.

She had barbecued oysters; the pressed lobster (it's not really pressed, just the sauce is); and a side of wild mushrooms. I had a whole petrale sole grilled (they bring it with three sauces -- the tapenade was fabulous, the green vinaigrette was okay and I didn't try the remoulade) with a side of baby artichokes (terrific). The sole was perfectly prepared, and way too much for me to finish (I believe they said it was a 1 1/2 lb fish, with head etc, which they removed before I ate it.) 2 glasses of a delicious viognier ($10/glass). Total bill $150. I would suggest two people sharing one of the whole fish and adding more sides, would be more economical and more interesting. The waiter offered no suggestions on how to navigate the rather oddly laid out menu; when we asked for a description of the pressed lobster, he obliged but neither of us recognized the dish that arrived, my friend even asked if they'd made a mistake (they hadn't, his description was just unclear; however she said it was very good).

The bread served with dinner, unlike Epic, is ordinary epi-baquette, not warm or special in any way.

The view is not as stunning as Epic, but still very nice. Oddly, as the evening darkened the view was marred by the reflection of the odd aquariums -- two floor-to-ceiling poles filled with very large and almost non-moving fish (they have almost nowhere to go). Once it gets dark, the lit aquariums are reflected in the windows and distract from the view.

It feels like an expense account restaurant in any city (despite the bridge view). Soul-less.