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May 28, 2001 10:07 AM

how is the new salamander?

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it has gotten somewhat mixed reviews for its food. has it gotten better? (i know that the decor is fab though)

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  1. I was there a month or so ago and had a really nice meal. Their special lobster dish and a grilled quail appetizer. Had pineapple upside down cake w/ coconut ice cream for dessert. My boss had the haddock, salad and sorbet and enjoyed it. It was very nice, great service, pleasant room. Slightly less happening for a Thurs. nite than I thought it would be but a good experience overall. There are other places I'd go back to first, but you'll enjoy it I think.

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    1. re: Joanie

      I couldn't wait for it to open but have been there only twice so far. The first time we tried the apps at the satay bar. Good, but nothing like the old Salamander. The second time, we ate in the dining room and had the tasting menu. Again, good, but not great. In fact, half of the slices of my seared tuna appetizer were still frozen. YUCK. I love the decor and will try it once more because I really want to like it, but so far wouldn't recommend it.

    2. I went in March. I was a big fan of the original and this one didn't quite live up to my expectations. We had a snafu with the reservations, the waiter forgot to put in the order for one of our entrees and didn't discover it until he was serving everyone elses entrees. He apologized, offered a free dessert to my friend, then forgot, and charged her for the dessert anyway.

      I thought the menu was limited. I enjoyed the food but it didn't wow me like the Salamander of old. I don't think I'd go back.

      1. The new Salamander is simply the best restaurant in Boston. Period.

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        1. re: nechef

          Could you elaborate?

          1. re: Seth Ditchik

            Decor and atmosphere is beautiful, classy and yet simple. The service is impeccable and very knowledgable. I found the quality and quantity to be at its highest. The grill-seared foie gras is the best I've had since Jasper's old restaurant. The venison I had for my entree was wild, not domestic. The preparation was absolutely unbeatable (tamarind marinade) and served with fried greens and a parsnip puree. The last time I was there was about 2 or 3 months ago.