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Black Market Bistro (MoCo) review


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Black Market Bistro (MoCo) review

smokey | Aug 9, 2005 10:24 AM

Went to Black Market Bistro a few weeks ago on a Sat. night with SO and another couple. Arrived at approximately 6:45 and waited at the bar for roughly an hour to an hour and quarter to sit outside. It was definitely worth it (it was a gorgeous night out and, at least in the main room, the acoustics are such that it becomes incredibly noisy--I could barely hear my dinner companions over the din). The only frustrating aspect was that we were told it would be roughly a 20 min. wait to sit outside, and it was far longer than that.

As for the food, it was good, but I'm not sure it was worth the price. For apps we ordered the antipasto plate for four (salami, fresh mozzarella, olives, roasted red peppers, toms, basil, crostini). It was good, although i wish there had been more roasted red peppers and olive. I ordered a cup of the gazpacho. It had a nice flavor, some kick, although not enough of a cucumber presence for me. The table shared a margherita pizza, which I had none of so can't comment on. We were evenly divided between two salmon dish orders and two steak (can't remember what kind--strip steak? hanger steak?) orders. The salmon was good, well prepared with nice sides (although I'll admit, I don't remember details on what). The steak came with, I think, a chimichurri sauce that was much enjoyed by those who ordered it--good and garlicky. Desserts were a mixed lot. Two people ordered a triple chocolate cake. The waitress essentially said, "I think the name says it all," and I'm thinking, I got no idea what this cake is like. So, I requested ginger ice cream. Sadly, they were out. Then I asked for vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup. I regretted not ordering the cake--it was a chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting (not sure where the third chocolate came in--I think there was a chocolate syrup drizzled on plate). Great flavor, not too big a slice. The vanilla ice cream was totally average supermarket quality ice cream. Decaf cappucino was good.

All told, the price was roughly $130/couple including tip and drinks (I think we ordered a total of 6 glasses of wine?).

The service was only ok. They were short a waitress I think, and ours just seemed a bit young. Her dessert description was non-existent and she didn't mention some items that I had seen on the dessert menu, leading me to wonder if they were out of them or if she was just pushing certain items or if she had just forgotten them.

It was a good meal, but certainly not a great meal. A nice evening out with friends. Nothing so special that I would run back, but I wouldn't veto it if somebody suggested it.


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