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Montclair Bistro - Don't go

SLRossi | May 8, 2006 11:47 AM

Let me take one for the team and spare you this one.

Seafood Sampler App:
It was attractively presented on a long white bistro type plate. Each of the three presentations were attractive and independent, though they worked together.

However we were disappointed in the flavor of each. The salmon salad was over salted. The ahi tartare contained tomatoes that lacked in flavor and the water content served to dilute to mild yet rich taste of the ahi itself. The shrimp had a rubbery texture more like that of octopus. Actually, I’m now questioning whether it was shrimp. It was served in a radicchio cup and we assumed that it was to be eaten with the radicchio. The radicchio completely over powered the seafood.

Pike Entree:
The Pike was very unappealing looking and both my dining companion and I cringed as it was placed in front of her. The fish itself was brown, and the sauce was brown. I think it was brown butter, but I’m not sure. You could see some separation in the sauce. The fish was properly cooked, tasted just ok, but was over salted. The mashed potatoes on the plate were extremely glutinous in texture and tasted like they had been sitting around for awhile. The best thing on the plate was the properly handled spinach.

Sole Entree:
The panko crusted Sole wasn’t particularly appealing to the eye either, although I don’t know what I might expect with a piece of fried fish. I guess I would have like to have seen a relish or something on top to add some color. Color was added to edges of the plate by dotting with gel looking green stuff (like the cake decorating gel stuff) and was very unappealing looking. So the main components on the plate were the brown fish, white rice, and green hued white sauce… not appealing. The fish itself was properly cooked with a nice golden crust and was tasty. I thought I recalled the menu describing the rice as something special, but it was just plain white rice as best as I could tell. The wasabi cream sauce didn’t add anything to the fish, so I mostly avoided it.

Service:
People were warm and friendly, but we had a major miscommunication with our server about our wine. She brought the wrong bottle of wine three times before finally letting us know they were out of our selection.

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