We went to Chelsea Bistro for Valentine’s Day this past Friday night. This was our third visit, and unfortunately it was a disappointment. They had a price fixed menu for the evening. We were allowed to choose an appetizer and the entre. They decided the salad and the dessert. It started out with Amuse Bouche which was a chilled leak terrine dish. The appetizer that we chose was Tome de Laguiole Aligot, it was a cheesy fondue type dish served with thinly sliced large pieces of artisan bread. As it turned out, it was the best dish of the evening. The salads consisted of bib lettuce champagne mascerated strawberries; Roquefort and walnuts. My wife chose the Grain Mustered Crusted Halibut dish, served with celeriac turnip hash, that was not fully cooked, and blood orang beurre blanc, that she was pleased with. I had the filet with a crab croquet and hollandaise that was tasty but a very small portion. The dessert, that really seemed like it was something revived from the 60’s. It was a chocolate covered strawberry that has been done to death, not very inventive. That was served with pavlova, a white chocolate mousse framboise, that was this baked meringue. The service was attentive and plentiful, however the kitchen seemed to be behind the eight ball all evening. One would think that with reservations made, and a limited menu that could be prepped in advance, the kitchen would have not been in the weeds all night long!
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