|Los Angeles's trendy Sports Club LA has just come to Boston, opening atop the new Ritz Carlton on Boston Common. The upscale gym, offering everything from an indoor basketball court and fitness machines featuring mini televisions to a variety of fitness classes, is adjacent to Salon Fontana, which has an enormous range of treatments, including manicures, pedicures, scalp treatments, highlighting and coloring. If that's not enough to justify the heft initiation fee ($425 to $1300) plus monthly fees (anywhere from $130 to $175), then stop by the new restaurant, blu, owned by Jody Adams, Michela Larson, Karen Haskell and Gary Sullivan.
With Chef Dante de Magistris preparing some of the trendiest entrees on the east coast, blu is sure to be a success. One Wednesday evening, the restaurant was filled to capacity with an overflow of guests sitting outside waiting for a table in the lobby.
With floor to ceiling glass windows that overlook Downtown Crossing, the restaurant is ideally located across from the Boston Common.
Our server suggested a sampling of Dante's preparations. For starters, we were introduced to a half dozen big shrimp ($15) and "out of the blue" -tuna sashimi, striped bass carpaccio, scallop ceviche and salmon tartar ($18). Delicately arranged and caught fresh that day, this sampling should have been called "out of this world."
The silky chestnut soup ($11) caught my eye at a quick glance at the menu. Smooth and creamy, this soup was not too heavy and provided the perfect warmth for a cold winter evening.
If you'd prefer something from the raw bar, try the crab claws ($3.50 each) or the blu plate, two Black Point oysters, two littleneck clams, two big shrimp and two crab claws ($18).
The entrees here are Chef Dante's prized possessions. I sampled the maple crusted venison ($30). The tender, flavorful meat was not greasy or gamey like so many entrees that are not prepared correctly. The maple flavored sauce was a unique addition to the dinner. My husband tried the seared delmonico steak with gorgonzola ($32). Cooked medium rare to his liking, the steak was wonderfully tender and juicy.
Other appetizers that looked appealing were the three grilled fish with three rices and the roasted lobster with mashed potatoes.
blu was a unique treat for a weekday evening. Its location adjacent to the popular Sports Club LA/Boston will surely be a great fit. For reservations or more information, call blu directly at 617-375-8550.
4 Avery Street
Boston, MA 02111
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