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Bambara in Cambridge

Joanie | Jun 11, 2004 08:26 AM

Finally checked out Bambara in the beautiful Hotel Marlowe. The restaurant itself was nice looking, not quite as nice as the hotel. Good sized bar/lounge area that got pretty busy around 10PM or so, some booths to eat at in that area too. We chose the upper section where we could watch the cooks fry up the calamari. Whose smell actually became a little overpowering, they need to get better exhaust but it does make you hungry when you first sit down. Their special drinks are expensive, only one was <$10, most were $11 and 12 and that's high for Boston except for the super swanky places. Drank those with a basket of nice breads served with salty butter. We had a fun waiter whose recommendations we took across the board. Split the calamari ($9), crisp and salty. Maybe a tad overdone but I'm being picky. Then we got amazing giant seared sea scallops with "sunchoke" risotto (jerusalem artichokes) and some veggie and crisp salmon w/ mashed in a vidalia onion and cauliflower and peas and a pea sauce ($24 and $19). There were only four scallops but they were so big, it counted for at least another. Everything was very good. Split the flourless choc. cake which had a different texture than most of those, not necessarily better. It was decent w/ creme anglaise and whipped cream ($6.50). With two glasses of wine it came to $98 before tip. Everything sounded really good, esp. the side dishes with the entrees (I'm big on sides). They also gave a little card good for entree in 2004 to celebrate their one year anniversay, so definitely worth a trip.

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