Went to Hammersley's the other night - my lovely wife treated me. In fact, she consulted chowhound for suggestions and chose Hammersley's after a couple of other good idea's. . .thanks fellow chowhounds!
Got there exactly on time and was seated right away - very impressive. Typically reservations mean nothing in Boston during the weekend, so I appreciated the fact that they seated us right away.
As luck would have it, they sat us right in front of the open kitchen! Lo and behold, there was Gordon H. sauting something and directing traffic! It was amazing - that alone made the night for me (it was the equivelent of foodie porn!)
Started with the beet and goat cheese tart. It was excellent - the crust was actually the best part (very buttery) My wife had the mushroom sandwich and it was just bursting with portabella mushrooms.
For my entree I had the halibut with champagne sauce, while she had the beef tenderloin with truffle oil. Normally I'm a meat fan, but I was so happy I got the halibut. While the beef was okay, it wasn't special. The halibut, however, was spectacular! The sauce was unique - tart yet buttery.
For desert we had the banana chocolate cake and the coffee ice cream. Solid deserts, but I've had better.
Service was impeccable - Hammersley's makes you feel special. The crowd was fairly upscale, but with the lighting and the view it was a great night.
Admittedly the place is expensive. However the experience was worth it. Not only did I have a great meal, I got good service and got to watch one of Boston's best chef's actually make it!