After following the forum on eGullet.org for a while I finally decided to try out the Hamilton Street Grill for dinner with my girlfriend. Expectations were high as the consensus seemed to be that the Chef was some sort of underappreciated superstar.
We started with an order of the yam fries, and the ravioli with mushrooms and cheese. The ravioli was good, not incredible. I found the pasta itself to be a little thick and overly soft, seemingly not homemade, though the mushrooms had a very strong and appetizing flavour that really came through, even with the cheese sauce...quite nice. The yam fries, as stated in previous reviews, were very soft. My girlfriend enjoyed them, I did not. They were a bit oily for my liking, but really, it could be the nature of yam fries in general becuase they always seem to dissapoint me.
For the mains, I had the Hanger Steak (special order...eGullet 'must-try' item) with onion rings and the mashed potatoes, etc. The steak was quite tasty, though not at all what i was expecting. In Seattle there is a restaurant called Cafe Campagne which also makes a hanger steak, but is out of this world. I suppose after hearing all the reviews i thought it would've been tastier....was still good but not exceptional. My g/f had the platter w/hanger, filet, and scallops which she seemed to enjoy.
Finally, we had the very delicious Gingerbread pudding for desert. That was excellent and would return for desert definitely.
Small notes : Room is a bit dated but very comfortable with good music. Lacks a real steakhouse ambience, which is both good and bad i suppose. Doesn't seem really 'happening' in there, despite the fact taht the place was quite busy. I hate to give such a mediocre review of the place, but i am speaking honestly.
In any event, i would go back, if only for the dessert, and i really like the service. Definitely a solid restaurant, just exceptional.