FINALLY made it to Blair's last night for dinner. i hate crowds, so late on a Tues evening was perfect for me, got seated right away (was about 8:15).
Service was friendly and efficient, pretty non-obtrusive.
Food was really excellent. i had the gala apple / maytag blue cheese salad to start. the odd thing was the apples were sauteed, so very soft and warm, which is not what i was expecting (i don't remember reading that part on the menu, but could've overlooked). that was a little bit of a disappointment, but overall the salad was extremely good. the blue cheese was awesome, the candied walnuts, endive and huge pile of greens (can't remember exactly what, sorry), was very well-balanced and very refreshing. Husband had caesar salad, which i did not try, but he did not leave any trace of it on his plate.
My main was linguine (obviously fresh, not dried pasta) w/ tuna confit which was extremely rich and heavenly, almost "meaty". had some capers and fennel and a bit of spice that was absolutely perfect. Since i am a (mostly) vegetarian, i tend to really miss out on these super hearty, stewed, meaty, rich types of dishes and having the tuna prepared this way was pretty reveletory, for me at least. i don't remember ever having had anything like it and i loved it.
Husband had braised short ribs, w/ some kind of beans, and he was extremely happy w/ it. he said that the shortribs he had at Herbsainte, when we visited New Orleans, may have been just a tiny bit better, but that these were very close (that meal at Herbsainte is one of our recent favorites -- from last year -- so to get a comparison like that is a big compliment).
We each had a glass of wine -- me a Spanish white and hub a Spanish red. i was very happy w/ mine, which was dry and a bit citrusy, but i am not a wine expert.
We shared a dessert of the espresso cheesecake. This was probably the weakest part of the meal. it was more like a mousse in texture and not as rich and flavorful as it could have been. the presentation was nice, w/ tiny cookies and chocolate sauce, but it was lacking something.
The bill, before tip, was $90 and change, which seemed like a deal for what we ate and drank, esp since this is not the kind of stuff that we would ever cook at home (the mains, i mean, not the starters). So glad i finally got to try it out.