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Restaurant review: Alchemy offers transportive combinations
Restaurant review: Alchemy offers transportive combinations

Alchemy, a stylish new bistro in Hampden, had me at its appetizers. The fish plate ($11) had just the right amount of applewood smoke, which gave the fillet of trout and the salmon a hint of wood flavor without being overpowering. Smoked fish is not an easy dish to pull off — often it ends up either too fishy or smoky — and this "app" had the right balance. The chicken liver pate ($9) was also a winner. I am not a liver lover, but this mix of chicken livers, butter flavored with fresh herbs, caramelized onions, Armagnac and peppercorn was a head-turner and a palate-pleaser. It was more pate than liver, and that in my book is a plus. Alchemy opened at the end of...

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