The atmosphere of J Hamman, formerly Mo's, is casual elegance. There is a lot of dark wood, white linens on the tables, but also a bar with framed basketball jerseys and a tv tuned to espn over the bar. The tv volume was low enough that diners were able to enjoy the live piano music while eating. We came for an early dinner on a Tuesday night. The service was top notch. Wait staff was there as needed but didn't hover. They checked during every course to be sure the food was to our liking. The waiter explained the specials then brought bread and drinks to enjoy while we looked over the menu. After giving us time to peruse the menu, he came back with a tray of steaks to show us and explain the difference in the cuts.
A house salad or soup of the day is included with dinner entrees. We started with lobster bisque and the soup of the day which was cheesy broccolini, followed by a house salad with their balsamic dressing and the field greens salad with strawberries, blue cheese, and pecans. All were very good and fresh tasting. The field greens salad had generous clumps of blue cheese, not the tiny crumbles that disappear into the lettuce. The bread plate had three different types of bread and a flavored butter as well as plain. The stars of the meal were the ribeye and pan seared sea bass we shared. The ribeye was cooked to perfection at medium. It was so flavorful and juicy we didn't need steak knives to cut it. One of the best steaks we ever had. The sea bass had a nice golden crust with a tender inside that melted in my mouth. I'm picky about sea bass and this was hands down the best I've ever had. The sea bass came with spinach, grape tomatoes, tender-crisp asparagus and a lemon caper butter sauce. Because the fish came with vegetables we ordered just the roasted fingerling potatoes with bacon, mushrooms and onions as our only side to share. The steak was delicious on its own and didn't need a topping, but the bacon, mushrooms and onions from the potato side tasted really good with the steak. If we ever return to Indianapolis, I would eat there again.
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