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Finally made it to The Brewer's Art!!

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Finally made it to The Brewer's Art!!

Christina D | May 26, 2004 09:30 AM

Thank you B'more Chowhounds!! It was really, really good and I would have never found it if not for this site!

I got there just before happy hour ended and since I didn't know anything about the beer, the bartender gave me samples of 3 or 4 different ones. I ended up with an Ozzy, my husband with Sour Cherry Spring (both of which were delicious) and we were shown right to our table.

Appetizers were a soft crab with lemon aioli (him) and a spring squash risotto with aged parmesan and black truffle butter (me). The crab was cooked perfectly, with crunchy legs and no batter or other coatings to complicate matters. I thought that the aioli was a little too strong on the lemon flavor and caused a bit of a distraction from the taste of the crab (soft crab pet peeve - the flavor is so delicate it's easy to lose it when accompanied by almost anything). My husband disagreed though and thought it was perfect. My risotto was lovely, although I was surprised that it was made with long grain rice. It was cooked to a perfect al dente (risottos are so often overcooked) and the cheese and truffle butter were yummy.

Entree for me was a monkfish chop with potatoes and morel mushrooms in a veal jus. One word...outstanding!! The hubby had a pan-seared grouper with clams, cockles and lobster provencal. It too was excellent.

His dessert, fried banana spring rolls with five-spice powder and creme fraiche was very good (and this is coming from someone who *hates* bananas). My dessert was a little iffy. It was a pink peppercorn chocolate torte with rhubarb sorbet. I'll say it was most definitely interesting (bordering on bizarre) and I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not convinced that pink peppercorns really belong in a chocolate torte. Chiles...maybe, but not pink peppercorns.

Overall it was a wonderful experience and before the meal was over, we were trying to figure out when we could come back and whom we should bring.

Thanks again, Chowhounds. You can put another one in the win column.

;o)

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