Meat Market

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Modern steakhouse with an International flare on Lincoln Road.


What we had:

I had the ancho and coffee rubbed buffalo filet with chipotle mole butter. I liked mine--the buffalo was butter knife tender, if on the tasteless side with no accompanying fat, but was rich and velvety with the added butter.

My DH had the ancho and coffee rubbed bone-in filet mignon with chipotle mole butter. The coffee taste was a bit aggressive for my Dearest Husband's taste, but the steak was nice and buttery. The bone was a bit cumbersome, but too intriguing of a menu choice to pass up.

We did have a gripe with the steaks--they tasted a bit flat. Needed some salt or acid or something. At this price point ($50), one expects absolute perfection, and that's not what we got. Don't get me wrong; the steaks were good, but were missing that little something to make them truly great.

We split the truffled mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and sauteed Brussels sprouts with onions and bacon, topped with almonds. The truffle mashed was silky, rich and delicious, but the real star of the meal was the sprouts. These sprouts were sauteed to nutty golden perfection, which was bolstered with sweetness from the onions and rich smokiness from the bacon, with the almonds lending just the right amount of crunch.

We also had a trio of chocolate dessert--chocolate lava cake, ice cream and a wafer and mousse sandwich. Although chocolate is neither of our favorite, this was a nice dessert and not too sweet.

The table snacks- wasabi peas, spiced hominy and fresh corn nuts- were a nice addition, and the bread was fresh and plentiful.

We also had sommolier-recommended wines from Argentina, which were both nice. Can't remember the names, but they were great.


D├ęcor:

Rich blacks and ivories with gorgeous warm lighting reflected off of multiple smoked glass and lighted acrylic surfaces.


Service:

Great; from the hostess to the sommolier and bussers. We had reservations for my birthday and everyone was very friendly, attentive and gracious.


Overall impressions:

Not bad. Not our favorite steak in town--that honor still goes to Bourbon Steak--but not a bad alternative on this side of town. This would make a great date or hang out after work for an expensive drink place.


Rating:

3.5 out of 5 salamanders





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