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Three weeks ago Holly Hartnett, the former manager of Table 6, opened Venue, a minimalist American bistro in the Highland Square space once occupied by 8 Rivers. Expect a small menu from chef James Rugile (formerly of Black Pearl) that changes regularly.
On the night I dined, the composed beet salad with pistachios and the mussels with caramelized fennel and tomato stood out. I enjoyed the thoughtful presentation of the mussels (slices of rustic bread sit at the bottom of the bowl to soak up the addictive broth), but I think the starter would benefit from an additional ladle of broth.
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As for the other dishes–I tried the barramundi, the scallops, and the flat iron steak–there are kinks to work out but potential in each.
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