Has anyone ever noticed that it often takes an out-of-town guest to bring together in-town friends. Well...this was such an occasion. An excuse to get together with a few girlfriends and reminisce our "Sex and the City" years. We decided to give Alder, the relatively new, hip restaurant by Wylie Dufresne of WD-50, a try.
True to Dufresne fashion, none of the dishes looked like what you would expect based on the name. Each dish was reinvented with an unique twist. The Scotch Quail Eggs were interesting. I liked the Pigs in a Blanket, but found the Japanese mustard a bit overwhelming. The Foie gras was nice and smooth.
The Squid was fresh and cooked perfectly. The hummus mixture was good, but not memorable.
The New England clam chowder was nothing special.
I quite like these jalapeño poppers.
Many reviewers have said this dish tastes just like a pastrami sandwich. I'm not sure if I would agree with that. I would have liked to have more pastrami in the dish.
The steak was excellent!
Verdict: A-. Overall the dishes were interesting, but the portions were a bit small for the price.
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