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DAT at Boulevard

beanbag | Jan 10, 2004 08:42 PM

A group of us took advantage of the Dine About Town promotion to try out Boulevard for lunch on Friday. I forgot to ask about whether they vary the menu by day... but here's what was on offer on Friday:
Appetizer: Choice of garden salad with tomatoes or butternut squash soup. Entree: Oven-roasted chicken breast with mini ravioli. Dessert: Passionfruit panna cotta (no choices, other than the appetizer).

Overall, I can't complain about the meal, but it wasn't anything to get excited about. The chicken was well-prepared with a nice crunch to the skin and a wood-smokey flavor, but it's hard to get too enthused about a plain roast chicken breast. (I almost laughed when I saw it on the menu, because it's such an obvious "discount menu" type of item.) The butternut squash soup was smooth and creamy, and the panna cotta was very nice and light, with delicate passionfruit flavoring.

In the end, I don't think we really got a taste of what the kitchen can do at Boulevard. Instead of ordering the DAT menu, we wished that we had just ordered one of their signature entrees and a couple of appetizers and split them. For the same price as the prix fixe, we could've actually experienced the restaurant at its best. I saw some tantalizing roast fish dishes (they had a fresh Hawaiian butterfish the day we were there) that I would've loved to have tried.

I wish that restaurants that participate in DAT would take it seriously as an opportunity to showcase what they can do. In this case, I'm still intrigued by Boulevard based on other reports of it, but nothing I ate on Friday would compel me to return.

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