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Blue Hill Report

Simon | Aug 1, 2004 02:02 PM

Went there on Saturday. Was very pleased, although not "wowed".

Atmosphere: Liked that it was lowkey and professional. Quiet enough to talk, w/ some jazz in the far background. And, i think it's always a good sign when the bar is filled by people eating complete dinners.

Food: The cod entree (w/ summer beans, Meyer lemon and almond sauce) was far and away the best thing we ordered. The fish was poached exquisitely -- cooked evenly all the way through, yet somehow just on the other side of raw (if that makes sense). Tender and perfect.

The second best was an appetizer special: smoked sable w/ portebello mushrooms over pureed corn w/ a tomato sauce. The fish and mushroom combo was pretty great: but the tomato sauce (which quickly gets mixed into the soupy pureed corn) had a sweet blandness which, in a blind taste test, might easily be mistaken for Campbell's Cream of Tomato soup.

The other two things we ordered were acceptable but not particularly memorable: wild striped bass in a pistou, and a smoked salmon appetizer w/ greens.

Overall: I'd return there someday, but not spectacular enough to make me want to rush back or rave to my friends. Sort of a nice upscale-restaurant-of-convenience (i.e. a great place to take visiting parents, etc.).

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