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Nice meal at Hammersley's


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Nice meal at Hammersley's

Joanie | Jul 30, 2004 09:38 AM

Hadn't been there in many years when I wasn't overly impressed and as some have mentioned, it's priced a little high. Altho I think they took off a few >$30 entrees since I last looked at a menu, there were just 2, but nothing <$25. In any case, it was nice enough to eat outside but a band was playing by the BCA so we opted for inside. Only 1/3-1/2 full, typical of DNC week I guess. They have a list of martinis but no explanations so I had to ask the waiter a million questions (what's in a French martini, Calif. Hot Tub, etc). Opted for the hot tub which had vodka, chambord, something else and a bit of champagne. My friend went for a straight gin martini w/ olives which she said was perfect. Nice dark crusty bread plus a cheesy foccacia got us going. We were eyeing the duck confit app. and were told that it's a signature dish. Deservedly so, amazingly crispy skin, yummy fatty duck, some greens and a peppery plum. Worth $17.50? Not sure but it was good. I ended up with mixed grill of lobster, garlic sausage and sweetbreads. Had only tasted sweetbreads once but they were the hit of the dish, even for my more squeamish friend. The grilling brought out all sorts of flavor, almost Chinese tasting. Sausage was fine and the lobster was okay but the tail was a little over grilled and dried out. A bit of corn on the cob and a nice salad with some green beans rounded things out. Definitely worth $29. The sea bass w/ pancetta and crayfish risotto was very good. Nice crust on the bass and while the risotto was a little on the gummy side, the crayfish was tasty (mid $20's). Tho we didn't really need it, we got a side of yummy mashed potato cake. For desserts we went with peach ice cream cake with gingered raspberries (or something like that) and I got the trio of apricot desserts which consisted of creame brulee, a little tarte and sorbet. All very good, esp. the sorbet. The peach ice cream wasn't too flavorful tho. Good, fairly personable service. With two glasses of sauvignon blance, it was $138 pre tip.


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