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Xtreme disappointment at Montmartre


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Xtreme disappointment at Montmartre

Steve | Feb 12, 2004 11:53 AM

After reading some good posts on this board and elsewhere, I figured Montmartre to be a safe bet before the Folger Theatre. I was surprised at how thoroughly unlikable my food was.
Veel cheeks were braised nicely, but in a powerfully salty sauce. Thank goodness it was easy to peel off the unnecessary shaving of cheese on top! They were served over creamy polenta. Of course, that's not fancy enough a dish for the modern restaurantgoer, so they have to add chives and other flavoring (maybe a hint of cheese) to the polenta to make it obnoxious. Surely the Hangar steak, often recommended, would be a safe bet... but the steak (and the potatoes and onions) were drowning in a remarkably unreduced 'reduction' of red wine with big crystals of coarse salt to crunch away on. Could anyone even taste it was steak? After this and a too-sweet version at Circle Bistro, I'm beginning to think that the now ubiquitous Hangar steak on a menu means: only for ignorant foodies.
Started off with decent house-made pate and a carrot ginger soup that needed to be rescued at the table with a whole lot of pepper to counteract the salt.
Nice decor.

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