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Joanie | Jul 29, 2002 09:39 AM

Took my brother to this very new place last Fri. in the new Nine Zero hotel (90 Tremont St.) and it was a great time altho I'm not sure the food was worth the money. We were gonna get a drink at the Federalist first but it was very slow there. Last year a friend and I went for a drink and the bar was lively but the restaurant was dead, this time both were very quiet. I wonder if they'll go the way of Salamandar. So we got a drink at the Spire bar which is a cute little area of cushiony seats and tables and a cool bar. And a very nice accomodating bartender who whipped me up an orangy "martini". We got to talking with two people next to us and hit it off so well, they joined us for dinner so that made the nite really fun. The waitress was good altho a little Stepford Wife like in her personality. They brought an oyster amuse buche and stupid me didn't listen to the part about a bed of sea salt, so I dug in and grossed myself out, but it provided a laugh for everyone. Two of us split a scallop and salad app and two got tomato salad. They were good about splitting dishes beforehand (and splitting the bill two ways), altho one scallop each doesn't go far. Two people got duck, one got daraude, a kind of whitefish and I got lamb ($28-33) which besides the four rack of lamb chops, had tongue, sweetbread and one other thing. The tongue was okay, the rack was underdone but that's par for the course. That was a good sized portion but the duck seemed pretty skimpy. I got a glass of pinot gris ($8) and they split some pinot noir I think ($50) and served wine in beautiful huge goblets. We mentioned that this was a b-day celebration and they brought a special little dessert for my brother plus we shared their chocolate cake w/ cherry ice cream which was plenty for 3 or 4 ($10). The dining room was pretty but it too was slow. Maybe it's the summertime doldrums.

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