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The Dining Room - Gibb's Hill Lighthouse, BDA

bdachow | May 19, 200910:34 AM     1

So finally managed to work my way around to this place after reading about their opening in the paper a couple of weeks ago. The Primavera/Rustico group bought it and redid the interior.

I must say that I was impressed with the decor inside, it's warm and cozy in a contemporary fashion. This is definitely not the old tea room. And happily I could still detect a whiff of the fresh paint in the ladies room.

Menu, it is a small menu (6 diff apps not incl salads and soups and then maybe 8-10 mains, I think) and thank goodness. I'd rather have a couple of really good dishes then a bevy of mediocre ones. And then there are the specials.

Food...it was a bit hit and miss unfortunately. My tuna ceviche app was a little salty and a friend ordered the seafood platter main and that came out salty as well. Otherwise it was quite nice and light with a nice mix of mango and cucumber & red onion. Mussels in white wine was well received by everyone. Mains, the beef turned out to be a bit of a disappointment in that the kitchen muffed cooking it a bit. Everyone's filet and ribeye ended up being slightly overcooked (i.e. medium instead of medium rare). It seems that they neglected to take into account the fact that the meat continues to cook after removing from the heat. Otherwise it was quite nice. The ribeye comes with a bed of arugula. The filet is almost Wellington style, wrapped in pastry and served with a gorgonzola sauce. It ended up being quite rich. The seared tuna was a hit with the ladies and looked very nicely done. I will have to try it next time. And the seafood platter main needs to be eaten quickly otherwise the sizzling plate overcooks the fish. They also had a good selection of different pizzas which I will have to try another time.

Dessert, sadly they were out of the flourless chocolate almond cake which sounded really good. Settled for the Sicilian Lemon tart. Nothing special really. All in all, it was a rather reasonably priced affair, at about $100/person including a fair number of bottles of wine.

They had set up several tables outside as well and think it will be quite pleasant to sit outside and soak up the sunset once it gets a little warmer. Dessert (hopefully it improves) and a coffee/tea while watching the sunset, sounds like an ideal proposition to me.

And yes, it appeared to be doing quite well as there were not that many empty tables but it's not a huge space but does have a nice separate bar area.

Next stop will have to be Aqua to see how it's doing in it's new location!

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