Restaurants & Bars 5

Sq 1 - Hendersonville

NANCY | May 13, 200805:31 PM

Two visits so far and I’m adding it to my list of regulars for H’ville.

The Space ~ formerly Potenza, maybe some new paint, art work and very modern lighting fixtures. Bar in front and a dining room with three sections; front, raised back area and semi-private room. The semi-private room would work very well for a large group except all patrons must go thru the room to access the restrooms. All surfaces are hard, so noise is an issue.

The Menu ~
Appetizers: corn chowder, onion soup, baked brie, grilled asparagus, smoked trout dip, crab cakes, mussels, smoked salmon. Between $5 and $8
Salads: arugula, meslun, romaine, tomato, corn/potato, flank steak, nicoise, chicken. Between $6 and $9.
Entrees: flank steak, pork tenderloin, sausages, burger, chicken sandwich, scallops, trout, salmon, catfish, tuna, lamb tenderloin, chicken, short ribs, cassoulet, bouillabaisse, garden plate (which is a choice of 4 items from their sides). The two sandwiches were $8, the garden plate $10 and everything else between $13 and $21.

What we had ~
First visit: party of eight had flank steak ($16) short ribs ($16), lamb tenderloin ($21), scallops ($18), chicken ($15). All were very good. I had the lamb tenderloin, cooked to order and served with delicious potato gratin. The romaine salad was to start and the white anchovies were a nice touch. There is a decent wine list and a full bar. All portions were appropriate, not so much that you took home leftovers and you didn’t leave hungry.
Second visit: party of three had two burgers ($8) and bouillabaisse ($17). Burgers were very good, cooked to order (medium rare) and on a delicious bun. Served with arugula, onions, blue cheese. The fries were not crisp, but acceptable. It was like they were pan fried instead of deep fried. The bouillabaisse was not the best nor the worst the diner had ever had. Overall acceptable.

The Service ~
Both times the service was excellent. Wait staff was very knowledgeable in regards the menu. Service was attentive, flatware replaced as needed and steak knives brought before the steak arrived. The chef stopped by the table to see if we were enjoying our meal. Separate checks were no problem.

Consensus ~
Good food, good value, all will be returning. This is not a special occasion or destination dining restaurant, but someplace that we would go to regularly.

Link ~ http://www.square1bistro.com/

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