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Burton's on Boylston

Taralli | | Nov 7, 2007 05:28 AM

Stopped by Burton’s on Boylston last Friday a little before 4PM for bites at the bar. DC, a scotch drinker, had scoped the place out a week before & spoken with the young bartender about the availability of J&B scotch. DC commented on this again & was ordered a J&B, Dewar’s for me. DC’s first sip proved to be Jim Beam! After being assured they had J&B, was approached by the F&B person saying they didn’t have it. It was not busy, but refills were slow. We ordered sesame-crusted tuna rare w/spicy cucumber, wasabi & pickled ginger. This was a generous, domino-plated app that could have been a light meal in itself. Tuna was fresh & luscious w/a nice kick. Also ordered the shrimp sautéed in butter, garlic, white wine & then blended w/feta, fresh tomatoes & spinach w/grilled ciabatta triangles. This was a large warm & scrumptious bowl of just-cooked shrimp full of garlicky, cheesy flavors – a perfect comfort dish on a cold night. We then decided we had to try the calamari fried in buttermilk batter. We waited for refills, we waited & waited for calamari. The bartender realized we were not happy after a half hour. A manager came by saying their computers had gone down for 1.5 minutes, when we’d originally ordered, ??our order had been lost, but would be here soon. He had a gratis steaming plate of 4 golf ball sized panko-crusted risotto fritters w/mild Italian sausage, provolone & romano and a bed of chunky tomatoes to tide us over. They were light & satisfying. Our calamari finally arrived – a big crisp mound of chewy goodness. An older & more experienced bartender also arrived. We were very satisfied with the food, but not the service. I think if we’d arrived an hour later around 5pm with the more senior bartender, service would not have been a problem. Bill came to $77 w/t&t for 3 apps & 3 drinks each, which we thought was a bargain. We’ll be back, but after 5.