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RW-Melrose report

Smokey | Jan 17, 2003 10:32 AM

Went with a group of 5 others last night to Melrose for dinner. Four of us did RW menu, two didn't (one a very picky eater, the other wanted to try the crab cakes).

All in all, it was good. There was a choice of three appetizers, and every RW person got the same one--hearts of palm, artichoke, sundried tomato(e!), frisee, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette salad type thing. Good, although not amazing, and far too white on the white plate. Would have had more eye appeal if there had been more color, somehow.

The entrees available were Maine scallops with pureed butternut squash and wild mushrooms, lamb chops(?) with braised cauliflower and a potato thing (sorry, didn't pay much attention to it) and a veggie soup. Two people took the scallops, two the lamb. I think everybody was pleased, although not overwhelmed. I think the person who chose the crabcakes was underwhelmed. $34 for two not very large crabcakes that he stated were good, but not incredible.

The dessert choices were a flourless chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream (good, incredibly rich) or a clementine souffle (that's not what they called it, but can't remember) with a sorbet. Nice presentation for both, particularly the clementine dish. However, the clementine dish was still a bit frozen in the center. My husband pointed out that it was like the world's best dreamsicle, a pretty accurate description.

Service was good. I must admit, I think it's an incredibly boring atmosphere (looks like every other hotel restaurant in the world). Although I would return, not at their full prices (with entrees in the $30 range, I would expect to be more impressed).


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