Cold Poached Lobster with Tamale Vinaigrette ($18)
Surprisingly blah, despite a deep green roe-based sauce. The sweet knuckle meat was superior to the slightly overcooked tail.
Roasted Peanuts with Garlic and Rosemary ($3.50)
The peanut equivalent of the Spotted Pig fries, which are made with the same herbs.
Crab and Puntarelle Salad ($18)
The best of the cold seafood we tried was deceptively simple. Ultra-fresh crab dotted with red pepper and a few smears of loose aioli over not-too-bitter greens.
Maine Lobster Chowder ($14)
The closest Bloomfield veers towards America is with this lobster chowder. Creamy and buttery, with a hit of bacon.
Parker House Rolls ($5)
They came highly touted by our server. "People love them. You should have two orders." We resisted that temptation, though these are extremely lovable rolls (though again expensive), buttered and salted and then thrown back in the oven for maximum deliciousness.
Mussels Stuffed with Mortadella ($14)
The mussels are a bit of Bloomfield genius inspired by a trip to the Veneto region of Italy nearly ten years ago (Bloomfield's got a near-photographic memory for flavors). The mussels are stuffed with olive oil-soaked breadcrumbs; think of it as porky mussels oreganata.
Malted Chocolate Ice Cream with Bailey's and Honeycomb ($7)
Like a deconstructed frozen Aero bar. Tasty, but nothing special.
Eccles Cake ($7)
Halfway between an appetizer and a dessert, it's got a strong savory bent, particularly when combined with the sharp, salty Stilton. The buttery, flaky pastry is great.