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Blair's in Silverlake - review

Bisou | May 17, 200401:04 AM

Hey Chowhounds,

Mr. Bisou and I went Thursday night. The decor is very minimalistic and sleek which I like so my initial first impression when I walked in the door was good.

However, by the time I had finished my appetizer, I began to realize that all the hype surrounding Blair's had made my expectations spiral upward. I had the tuna appetizer which a number of CH's have mentioned so I was curious to try it. It was a bit mushy and too liquid for a dish that is supposed to be "tartare" (for some awesome ahi tuna tartare, go to the Standard downtown to their restaurant in the lobby). The potato chips that came with it were very oily...which only made the tuna taste worse.

Fortunately, the main course was a bit more palatable...a mushroom risotto which had a nice flavor. I'm not certain which mushrooms were in there though. I'm uneducated in the world of mushrooms. :)

Mr. Bisou had the tasmanian salmon with beluga lentils and he felt that it was average.

We ordered the mac-n-cheese side dish that has truffle oil. The pasta was square tube shaped and I think that was the only aspect of it that appealed to me the most. I did discover that the flavor improves a bit when eaten the next day (I took home a doggie bag).

I don't have a sweet tooth at all so I'm not able to comment on any desert.

Blair's has a nice wine list and a variety of beers from all over the world which I suspect may be the draw for the restaurant.

I have a confession to make - I'd rather go back to Bistro Verdu than to Blair's.

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