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Upstairs on the Square -- week 2 of RW

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Upstairs on the Square -- week 2 of RW

yumyum | Aug 29, 2003 09:05 AM

Seems that they worked any kinks out, service-wise, for the second week. We had a lovely meal there last night in the Monday room downstairs. The service was great, as was the food.

The beet salad, as previously mentioned, was perfect. Arugula, roasted heirloom beets (yellow and red) with pistachio dust and some grated pecorino? J-dog ordered the musk melon soup, which I didn't love. Cold fruit soups are not my bag baby. However, the prociutto piled onto a crouton on the side was declared very good.

P-Lo and I both had the salmon entree. This was a fairly substantial piece of wild salmon, skin on, seared on one side and plated atop green beans and canelloni (?) beans in a lively pesto. My fish was a tad overdone -- I prefer mine very rare -- but P-Lo's was a little thicker and less cooked. J-dog got the canneloni with fresh summer corn and mascarpone. The corn was the essence of sweet summer goodness and when paired with the mascarpone, the whole effect was a little on the sweet side for my tastes. He liked it very much, though.

Dessert was simple almond poundcake with raspberries and whipped cream. Coffee was bland, unfortunately, a slight let down after a pretty top-notch meal.

Other random thoughts: the tables are way too close together. You have to walk around several to wind yourself to the foyer, bumping into folks as you go. I don't know why they do this here, the room is otherwise very comfortable. As we were winding up, the volume got louder, so those of you with sensitivity to noise should go on the early side. The wine list was, as Joanie reported, expensive. Few bottles under $50 and most glasses at $10. This sad fact sort of blew the whole RW cheap dinner idea, but such is life. Finally, the cutlery was terrible. Really uncomfortable to hold and flat on the wrong side so it rolled around on the rim of the plate. A nit, I realize, but it's the little things that matter. Otherwise another great RW experience that accomplished what it was meant for. I'm going back for a wine dinner in the fall, for sure.

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