Went to the new concoction from the Mistral folks, located in the old Salamander space in Copley. Open only 2 weeks, but the place was humming. Very avante garde room, lots of white and dark mahagony, very neat looking, but a bit tight because of the strange configutation of the room (remember how few tables Salamander used to have), they have more so it appears cramped. Fairly crowded, about 3/4 full and the bar was packed. Good knowledge and attentive staff, given it is only 2 weeks old. Now to the food.
Tuna Tartare, made to be like a real tartare. Not just cubed tuna pieces, it was mashed in a way to be like a tartare paste. Nice fiery kick added, they definately were not shy of the heat. Good spices and great presentation.
Ceasar salad, not shy with the anchovies, but pleasantly so. Very good, but a salad is a salad.
Kobe Beef Meatballs with some sort of pasta. Their signature pasta dish. 4 meatballs presented with a long string of wide tube pasta and a little beef stew type sauce. Not what we expected, meatballs were good, pasta OK, but at $24 not worth it. Also seems like a waste to make meatballs out of Kobe beef, and then have to overcook it since it is a meatball.
Veal Chop - it was pounded thin and breaded. No sauce with it, so just some breaded pan fried meat. Tasty, but again no big deal. Served with some cold cabbage concoction on the side. Again, you could do so much moer with a good veal chop. Mid $24s price again.
No dessert, so tab b-4 vino was about $100. Pleasant but another expensive average Boston restaurant. Best bet, go get the tuna at the bar.