We like Salamander, but we always come away feeling a little cheated. The dishes, heavy on the Asian fusion cuisine use a broad range of spices and good, fresh ingredients. The service is good. The space, the old Michela's is beautiful. But, the food is somehow disappointing. Perhaps it is the mix of Indian spices with light ingredients. Perhaps it is something else. The food is just a bit too experimental, too intellectual, aimed at the mind rather than the gullet.
Again, we really like Salamander, but we just don't love Salamander.