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Cremant in Madrona

foodguy | May 20, 2006 11:38 AM

I went last night to the new restaurant, Cremant in Madrona. It has been very favorably recommended by Nancy Lesson of Seattle Times. However, my experience was somewhat different.
The restaurant has cement walls which means that all of the sound bounces off the walls, so that by the peak of the evening, you cannot even hear the person seated next to you, due to the high decibel level of noise in there. I was literally screaming all night and my ears were ringing. When we commented about this to the Maitre'd, he insisted that this was the effect that they were trying to achieve, because Parisian Bistros are also loud.
I had the Steak Frites, which I am told is there "signature dish". It was fine, nothing special, however I noticed that all of the food, including the grilled asparagus were covered with a thick skin of kosher salt. This meant that by the end of the evening, I had drank 5 glasses of water due to the saltiness of all of the food.
Overall, I would have to give this restaurant an unenthusiastic rating, and I would recommend ear plugs and a liter bottle of water to anyone wanting to brave this new dining spot.

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