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Asterisk Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: Even before you enter Asterisk Restaurant & Bar, you can smell good things happening at the stoves. In warm weather, the entire street side of the restaurant is open thanks to a series of rollup garage doors, so you can walk right into a dining room full of white linens, sweeping banquettes and mellow woodwork. At the back of the room is an open kitchen overseen by chef/owner John Bach-Sorensen, a Dane who imparts a Scandinavian influence in dishes like a savory salmon and bluefish pâté. Cocktails are top-shelf and innovative, such as the refreshing Rhode Island Red that mixes a purée of fresh strawberries with silver tequila, Chambord and ginger beer. Servers will match beers with the food, such as a sweet Saison Dupont, a Belgian farmhouse ale, with crispy salmon served on a bed of silky risotto cooked with mushrooms and bits of asparagus. Another signature dish, the Belgian Drunken Beef, is a tender delight seasoned with onions and beer. End the meal with an espresso martini, made with vodka, Tia Maria, cocoa and espresso, although the “Death by Chocolate,” a Belgian chocolate brownie topped with chocolate sauce and ice cream, is also a fine finish.