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Richmond - Balliceaux

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AMFM Sep 20, 2009 07:01 AM

had a really great meal there on Thursday. haven't had enough time yet to post details (and promise to add on and do so) but the decor, the service, the wine, food, everything was top notch. one of those would have been amazing anywhere - my out of town guest felt the same - so i am extra glad it is in richmond. check it out if you haven't yet.

on north lombardy in the fan. across from si tapas in bogarts old location.

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    Janet from Richmond Sep 21, 2009 05:36 AM

    We are hoping to check it out this week. It's been getting a lot of good press.

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      AMFM Sep 21, 2009 02:42 PM

      our waiter - michael i think - was great and had wonderful suggestions.
      we had the crispy tandoori cauliflower with chickpea salad and house pickled cucumber. yum. and the ahi crudo to start. both fabulous. good bread. nice wines by the glass (a temperanillo and a zin were our choices). bottomless sparkling water for a reasonable rate. seconds we went with the english pea timbale and the pork belly. both very good as well. dessert tried the lemon icebox and the toasted coconut cakes. both good - not amazing but really solid. loved the atmosphere. can't wait to go back as there was SO much on the menu i wanted to try.

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      princsoreo Sep 22, 2009 12:43 PM

      I had a great meal here too. My waitress, Eryn, was also awesome! One of the best servers I've ever had. We started with the cheese plate (okay, not awesome, but served with some delicious fruit preserves from Goochland), grilled mango (great!), then had rockfish and pork belly, both delicious. I started my meal with the Tom Yum Yum cocktail, which was a really innovative flavor combination. I also loved the large selection of VA wines on the menu! Great, inventive meal selections!

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        AMFM Sep 22, 2009 02:50 PM

        the grilled mango and he rockfish (which was subbed for halibut on our visit) were also high on my list to try! glad to hear it's real! now i still have to get to lemaire and get back here and find some other great places for my list. :)

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          Janet from Richmond Sep 23, 2009 05:02 AM

          We went last night and thought it was "okay" but not great. Service was good and nothing was terrible but nothing wowed us. My husband and I both had the carbonara, our daughter had the burger and her fiance had the halibut (which was the best dish by far). We had raw oysters as an appetizer and they were watery and flavorless. We also had the crab cakes and they were pretty good but the horseradish on the side was pure grated horseradish, not a sauce and that was off putting. I would go back if we were close and with others wanting to go but I wouldn't make a special trip back.

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            AMFM Sep 23, 2009 05:42 AM

            bummer. i thought those crab cakes with horseradish sounded fabulous - but i LOVE horseradish. not a carbonara girl so hard to say there. sorry it didn't live up to expectations.

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              Janet from Richmond Sep 23, 2009 05:55 AM

              I love horseradish also......but this was just strange. A nice horseradish based sauce would have been very good with it.

              I think the lunch menu looks good and I would like to try it for lunch.

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        jeanmarieok Sep 23, 2009 10:06 AM

        Is it the same place as the old Cafe diPagliacci was?

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          Janet from Richmond Sep 23, 2009 11:05 AM

          Nope...the old Bogarts.

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            hopkid Sep 25, 2009 06:22 AM

            My wife and I also loved it. They've done a great job transforming the space into an inviting space with as interesting an interior decor as you will find in town. Started with the conch fritters which we really liked. Entress were the pork belly (melted in my mouth) and duck confit crepe. Loved them. Finished with the churros per a friend's recommendation but the dough was a bit uncooked in the middle. It wasn't as light and airy as you'd expect the middle to be. I did let our server know and she said she'd talk to the kitchen about it. We'll definitely be back.

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          slcraft Mar 2, 2010 05:06 AM

          Balliceaux didn't blow me away either. It was good, don't get me wrong, but the raves I am hearing were not supported by my lunch there. The soup I had was very good and the athmosphere is certainly a step up from "regular" fan spots, but wouldn't wow anyone coming from a bigger market as far as interior design goes. Yes, it is nice to see an effort made, of course, but ooohing and aaaahing over the decor is kind of embarrassing for Richmond. Again, nice but not worth such focus. I think it should also be mentioned that parking is a nightmare in that area so be warned. Enjoy!

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            BostonCharles Dec 1, 2010 09:24 PM

            I thought it was pretty mediocre, I don't get the hype.

            Great decor, interesting menu, but really didn't deliver on it. 3 meals, and not one thing worth ordering... Weirdly, around half the reviews online love it and half hate it, its totally bipolar. My guess would be that there's one chef in the kitchen who knows how to cook, and if that chef is on that night, you get food that lives up to the menu, and if not, no luck.

            I'd be hard pressed to go back considering the pretty decent general quality of Richmond restaurants.

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              princsoreo Dec 2, 2010 05:43 AM

              Since my enthusiastic review a while ago, I've been back several times and have found it to be very hit or miss. I've still had awesome meals, but have also had some really disappointing meals there. In particular I can remember a disgusting oyster stew and some meh soft shell crabs. On the other hand, I've had some great ones: seafood dishes, curried cauliflower, etc.. And the cocktail list is also fantastic.

              I'd still like to try Sunday Supper.

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                BostonCharles Dec 11, 2010 02:43 PM

                The hit or miss is just weird. I tried the curried Cauliflower - sounded great, but turned out to be cauliflower with curry powder poured on it. I'm guessing others got something else when they ordered it?

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