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As a fan of Spark, I was eager to try out Peter Prime's new restaurant, Cane. The fact that Cane was named as a Bib Gourmand joint by Michelin made the inaugural visit even more exciting. But our experience was not good. The space itself is tiny and cramped. The bathroom and the bar (where we sat) had water everywhere (something was probably leaking). The service was harried (at 5:30 p.m. on Friday). The Doubles looked completely different from the ones I had at Spark (the fried bread wasn't crisp) but we enjoyed the chickpeas. The Pholourie were just fritters without much flavor.
At 1000yregg's urging, we booked a dinner last weekend at Arí´mes, a new spot in Hampden that just opened a couple of weeks ago. Chef Monnier hails from Reims with a résumé that stands on classic haute cuisine spots in Paris and LA, but has chosen to open his small (24-ish seat) operation in a converted rowhouse, specializing in seasonal and local ingredients. Dinner is a prix fixe affair of six courses for $65, or three for $45. Four of the courses are smaller bites to precede the main course, and then you proceed to dessert. Because of the ever-changing menu, it's somewhat academic to re