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Rochester, MN---Broadstreet Cafe

Clifford | Jan 31, 200511:14 AM

The wife and I went to Broadstreet last Friday for the first time in over a year. I am happy to say that our meal was EXCELLENT. The best I have ever had in Rochester. Now, that's not saying much, but expectations had come to be so low I was loath to even go out in the town anymore.

We got there right after work, early, about 4:45 pm. We took a seat at the bar (we are big bar-sitting types). After a cocktail, we began with the lobster bread pudding with vanilla bean sauce. Not the easiest dish to pull off, but it was very good. Essentially it was a lobster cake plated atop a savory bread pudding, which also had a nice herbal, lobster-stock-ish flavor. The vanilla, which both enticed me and scared me about the dish, was incorporated seamlessly, only showing itself at the very very very finish of every swallow. Also, they neither skimped on nor overchopped the lobster. Great.

We skipped starters and moved directly to entrees. I had rare grilled ostrich with a brandy mushroom sauce and she had grouper with a chardonnay buerre blanc and saffron risotto. Simply put, everything was spectacular. The sides were all cooked well (though the potatoes were vastly undersalted on my plate). The risotto was creamy with the proper amount of saffron. The ostrich was grilled perfectly and all but melted in my mouth.

The only complaint, and this is not insignificant, is that the grouper dish had capers in it, and capers were not listed on the menu. The Missus does not dislike capers by any means, but she would not have ordered it had she known they were there. I should also add, however, that they worked tremendously in the dish, which was well-executed. Leaving something as significant as capers off the menu description, however, is either a huge oversight or a sign of a freelancing cook.

None of these were mind-blowing flavor revelations or anything, but rather just flawlessly executed, damn good cuisine. Rochester has so far been nothing short of a brutal, unbelievably horrible food town, and Broadstreet nothing more than a decent (at best) restaurant. This experience, however, was phenomenal...good enough that it actually gave me hope where there had previously been none.

Keep it up, Broadstreet...and bring some other restaurants with you.

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