Almost skipped out on Salt House tonight based on the negative postings found on Chowhound and elsewhere. We expected the worst and were nicely pleased with great food and good service.
For our dinner, we shared 3 appetizers, 1 main, and 1 dessert.
Salt Cod Brandade. A generous mixture of hearty Salt Cod and Potato mixture dotted with half slices of Kalamata type olives. Flanked by about a half dozen pieces of toasted baguette slices. Would definitely order this again.
Pork Belly. A 4"x 1" slice of tender Pork served with a side salad of Escarole or Curly Endive dressed with a mustard vinaigrette and lentils. The salad also came topped with a medium fried egg and a few homemade croutons. Nice combination.
Crispy Shrimp. 4 perfectly battered juicy shrimp accompanied a green bean melange draped with prosciutto. A spicy almost pimento like sauce dominated the beans. Not sure if we would order this again, but a very interesting flavor. The shrimp were excellent.
Monkfish. A seared piece of Monkfish plated with some sauteed greens (spinach maybe) and Jerusalem artichokes. There was a nice reduction on the plate as well. Very decadent, rich taste.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Creme Anglaise. A slight disappointment as the cake texture was a bit mushy for our liking. Presentation was in a small individual black tureen which was unique, but didn't work all that well.
Very efficient. The plates were spaced apart just right, and the waiter and other helpers were never far. The ambiance was mostly a young and hip 20-30 something crowd. The decor stylish but warm.
Perhaps the restaurant has matured and is now on track, or we just caught it on a rare good night. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our experience and would recommend you give it a try.