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Allison at Blue Bell (long)


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Allison at Blue Bell (long)

Robin M | Feb 17, 2004 02:54 PM

We had dinner this Saturday at Allison's. It was an absolute pleasure, with every course outstanding. The decor is very pleasant with warm lighting on soft yellow walls. You walk in to a view of the kitchen which is open and sparkling. We were greeted immediately and though we were about 15 minutes late (we were lost) they had held our table and we were seated immediately. Our server Marie was informative and provided us with excellent recommendations. Allison was also very much a presence making several rounds through the dining room stopping to chat with various tables. The menu is pretty extensive and selections change daily. We chose 4 appetizers and shared them, they were: Asian Duck Tacos with a Tomato Sesame Salsa (7.75) They were rich and tender with a nice hoison finish. Ginger Fried Squid (7.75) were light and not a least bit greasy. They were served on a slaw that didn't overpower the delicate batter. There was a wilted Spinach Salad with Duck Confit, Mushroom & a Foie Gras Vinaigrette (9.50) It was very good but I felt it was the weakest of the four appetizers. The 4th was a Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon, Parmesan,and Balsamic Vinaigrette that was outrageous (6.25)

We each chose an entree and again, we were hard pressed to decide which was the best. Choices were:
(2) Chile Dusted Skate with Citrus Brown Butter, Cool Jicama & Avocado Salad (19.00) We opted to have the citrus butter on the side and with just a drizzle the skate was amazing. A Parmesan crusted monkfish, served with a shiitake Risotto and Truffle Parmesan Broth (23.00)I've never been a real fan of Monkfish but I could have this weekly, the final entree was a pepper crusted tuna, in a Sherry-Shallot Broth with very thin Shoestring Potatoes on top. I love Tuna and this was over the top. The person who ordered this chose to only put the pepper on one side and it ws plenty. We were all pretty full by now but chose to share 1 piece of cake a warm apple caramel pie with vanilla ice cream and we each had espresso. The bill for roughly 165.00 with a tip for 4. This is a BYO and all in all, while certainly not inexpensive, the quality, presentation and service were world class. We can't wait to go back!

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