Went to 224 Boston last night, in Dorchester.
I don't normally head down to that neighborhood and did not have many expectations. We ended up having a great time and would highly recommend the place for a fairly laid-back evening out with good food and atmosphere.
The space is fairly small and quite cozy; nice dining room with tables and booths packed fairly close together and interesting decor (apparently the paintings on the wall are a rotating selection). The kitchen is open to the dining room and the kitchen staff were pretty busy hustling and preparing dishes but seemed to be in good spirits.
When we arrived around 7:30pm on a Fri. night it was pretty packed; lots of people hanging around the tiny bar area and most of the tables were occupied. Still, we managed to snag the last open table and were seated immediately. Even though it was busy the wait staff were fairly attentive and did a good job bringing us drinks and taking our orders quickly. We had a cocktails and a glass of wine before ordering dinner.
We decided to skip on apps and go right to main courses: our party of three ordered the grilled sirloin, grilled salmon with shaved fennel and garlic mashed potatoes; and grilled duck breast with butternut squash puree and some kind of chutney. I only tried the salmon and the duck and both were excellent. Portions were not enormous, which was very welcome. The menu is not incredibly exciting but is definitely a few notches above your typical bar/new american restaurant and each of the dishes was very solidly prepared.
After dinner we were a but peckish so we shared the (rather large) puff pastry and strawberries for desert. Generally the puff pastry was a bit on the dry side (though I always find it to be this way) and the strawberries were probably not fresh. This serves us right for ordering something like this in the middle of winter though - what were we thinking?
In all we had a very nice time and this was a great way to wrap up a hectic week - good food and wine in a fun atmosphere. Definitely recommended.
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