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Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2006
Do you ever get over your first crush? Yes. But that doesn't stop a girl from wanting to fall in love, and after reading the menu, I wanted to fall in love with First Crush, hoping for a comfort food hangout. Ahh, but my heart was broken. Once there, I was lured by the great service. The staff was exceptionally friendly, service oriented, and easy on the eyes. I felt like I'd been asked to the prom by the quarterback. Bathrooms were spotless (my way of rating a restaurant's overall quality and hence the 4 rating in atmosphere). Seating choices included the drab, small upstairs or the cavernous downstairs; both had tables too close together. That could be overcome had the chef not been so heavy-handed and afraid of flavor. The crab cake had lots of crab and little breading or other filler, but was also devoid of any taste, including crab. The accompanying shallots were badly sauteed and tasteless, too, and the alleged mustard cream sauce was just rich butterfat - it seemed to be missing the mustard. If I'm going to suck up fat calories, I like a little flavor and texture to justify it.. The scallops were equally devoid of interest. The arugula seemed to have been plucked from the mixed greens salad, and if there was saffron in that sauce we couldn't tell. The spinach side was bland, the duck confit was a waste of a duck's life: super greasy and far too dependent on a semi-fruity hoisin sauce that seemed spooned out of a jar. The ability to order flights of wine is nice for people who want to sample different varieties, but the pairings seemed inapproriate with no room to mix and match. The Cherry Blossom, for example, featured 3 varietals that I consider far too sweet to accompany a meal, and the Chard sampler included two wines that neither my partner nor I could tell apart. Well, there were small differences, but if you're selling flights as an opportunity to compare, then you should offer distinct wines.