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da/ba, hudson

bob gaj | Aug 22, 2009 06:07 AM

went there last night for the first time, and was quite impressed.

the food is swedish-influenced. the amuse bouche was old man's (mix?), herring, roe? and something else with dill on top of a swedish cracker. the swedish crackers were the only thing i didn't care about for the evening, but were (i believe) authentic. so it's my taste buds. and they were offered during the meal ,with some sea-salt butter. but the fish was yum...

appetizer, i had a special - a peppered tuna, beautifully rare, which was served with a seaweed, some spicy sauce, and an ultra-thin special cooked potato chip. i was quite happy with it, tuna was red throughout. i almost got the elk carpaccio, but this was really good.

for main course, i had a mahi-mahi which was served in a bowl with a liquid wasabi and sweet soy sauce; along with that was an apple onion spring roll. the flavors went well, mahi-mahi absorbed the flavors of the sauces; the wasabi was a very gentle kick ,and the soy sauce was much lighter than most i've tasted. the onion was MUCH more prevalent than the apple, but it didn't take away from the roll being tasty. i debated the filet mignon (with blueberry vodka sauce and pepper foam!) but figured the steak would be too much with what i was planning for dessert.

dessert, i had chocolate indulgence; four small chocolate dishes. one was a chocolate bavaroise (like a cake) with raspberry syrup on top, one was a white chocolate sorbet, one was a dark chocolate gel (like a fancy chocolate pudding) and one was a liquid lemon dish with the white chocolate sorbet in the center. i got it with a wagner's ice wine, and this was one of my favorite all-time dessert dishes. amazing.

oh, my drink was a cherry pie martini; vanilla vodka, cherry puree.

all in all, i was quite impressed by the place. it's pricy for the area (my bill before tax/tip was $71; app, entree, dessert, 2 drinks - so if that's a detracting feature, don't go), although they do offer burgers at i think $7? and i wasn't complaining about the price, just pointing it out.

i suspect it is targeted for the nyc folk who get off amtrak a few blocks away, but i loved the flavors and such. nyc-folk won't think it's amazing (after all, they've got aquavit!) but it's a gem up here.

oh, website: dabahudson.com

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