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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Blues and stripers

If you love fish, August is your month. Last night at Rendezvous in Central Square, which was very crowded and lively, I ate halibut ceviche with ripe avocado while my companions dined on spicy bluefish cakes, then came the entrees: grilled fresh tuna Nicoise and striped bass in a broth flavored with olive pistou. What food! Owner Steve Johnson is offering a prix-fixe menu for $36, which is a big bargain for this quality.

On the phone today, Johnson told me that since he isn't participating in restaurant week, he wanted to offer a comparable menu. He thinks he's so busy in the middle of the summer because of a Boston magazine award and a spread in the September issue of Bon Appetit.

But standing at the door last night, he looked tan and rested. He's been fishing, he said. In fact, he had caught his own bluefish, cleaned it, and it formed the basis of his delectable bluefish cakes.

Posted by Sheryl Julian at 07:34 PM
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