Last year I gave a less than positive review of BLT Prime. While I loved the concept of marrying French food, including the liberal use of Truffles, with high end beef I just never felt that it lived up to its potential, nor the competition. I would probably not have ventured back but for strong recommendation from a former employee who raved about the American Kobe style Top Cap steak.
Well I can happily say that not only was the Top Cap steak excellent (although at $81 it should be) but the rest of the meal was also delicious. While the Kobe, both domestic and Japanese, has always been excellent here the sides despite using ingredients of the highest quality had thus far failed to impress. Until my last visit that is.
A Spinach salad with blue cheese and bacon, which apparently replaced the more traditional wedge that I sampled last time, was very good. The Hen of the Woods mushrooms and a creamy cauliflower au gratin with truffles complimented the main dishes perfectly. Even the tuna I sampled was excellent and perfectly cooked.
The fact that the BLT empire also has a fish restaurant, namely BLT Fish, doers not hurt BLT Prime, the tuna was outstanding.
The Top Cap steak is quite rare on restaurant menus. Although not as tender as prime cuts , the flesh is closer to a hanger or flank steak but with a more robust flavor. I must comment that the grill seems to be finally living up to the claim that it reaches 1700 degrees, the steak was beautifully charred on the outside, as opposed to the rather lackluster presentation of my last few visits. I must reiterate my concern about the adornment of the steak however. I still do not understand why BLT insists on covering their beef with all sorts of spices and herbs. This is prime beef, its flavor should be allowed to be fully realized, not obscured by adornments. I will have to remember to ask for my steaks naked next time. And I will most assuredly be back. While I am still apprehensive about BLT's domestic offerings, the Wagyu is beyond reproach, and the sides and appetizers seem to be finally living up to their potential. And of course the pop overs continue to be outstanding. Recommended.
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