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Bar Minnow report

jinx | May 9, 2005 12:46 PM

Ate at Bar Minnow Friday night, and have to agree with the earlier post--I'd wait a couple of weeks before trying it out. Definitely has potential, but they were not really ready to open. We were first led to one of the banquette seats in the back, which we pointed out was covered in plaster dust! The maitre de (manager?)--who also ended up being our waiter--apologized and outrightly said that they'd opened prematurely, in his opinion. Other aspects of the room are clearly unfinished--the raw bar was still under construction, the back of the room divider was still open lumber, there was plaster and concrete dust everywhere.

That said, the staff was making a valiant effort to cope, I have to commend the maitre de (who said he'd previously worked at Blue Ribbon)--he clearly had his hands full but gave us very attentive service and kept checking back with us to see if all was okay. The soup came quickly but it did take quite awhile for our sandwiches to arrive (and we got there before the big rush, at around 6:45) but we were in a forgiving mood, given the circumstances. The maitre de asked for our honest opinion, and when I complained that our onion rings came out soggy, he took them off the bill. On top of that, we were double-billed for our drinks, but that was quickly corrected when pointed out.

As for the food--the kitchen is shared with Minnow and some items are clearly identical. We both had a really fabulous New England Clam chowder, and as I walked by on our way out I noted Minnow had the same special soup on its menu. Also noticed the crispy shrimp appetizer which is the same as Minnows. We both had the Oyster Po-boy's, which were ample and tasty, although could have used some sauce (tarter or remoulade would have been nice--they came dry.) I didn't even attempt to ask, though, as it was just too nuts in there.

All in all I am sure we'll go back, but not for a few weeks! I also really hope that Minnow itself doesn't suffer from the conjoined kitchen, in terms of service; as we've always enjoyed our meals at Minnow.

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