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Con Sol - first report?


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Con Sol - first report?

Bob Dobalina | | Dec 6, 2007 06:47 AM

Ducked in for a trial run - the fire behind the bar was inviting, although the room was a little chilly - we were the only diners there, although there was a couple at the bar just having drinks.

Tried a Sagres Portuguese beer - very hoppy, sweet, curious.
My GF had a class of red wine - it was to me pretty icky - twinges of Mani.

Started with polpo guisada - stewed octopus with potatoes - I liked the taste - the octopi were plenty tender, but still had a nice chew. Generous app serving for $6.

For dinner, I had bacalao asado, which was a decent portion of cod, fried I think? with six whole roasted red potatoes and a couple of pieces of grilled sweet peppers. The cod was pretty chewy, which I sort of enjoyed, but not being a bacalao expert, I can't really say if this was prepared properly. I cleaned my plate, but again, not sure what that indicates. ;)

My GF had a special of chicken with ham and mushrooms, with sides of Portu-style fried sliced potatoes and a generous serving of rice. She seemed to enjoy it - two boneless chicken breasts - good flavor - piggy that I am, I ate the other one from the take-home bag during Project Runway. The rice had sort of a "make-a-risotto-at-home" kit sort of taste, but it was still ok.

The host, who could not have been nicer, suggested a homemade flan, along with a couple of other desserts, but wanting coffee with it, we declined when he explained that the espresso maker was going to take a while to warm up.

It's a cozy room - a little drafty on this cold night - You always feel a little sad for the place being the only patrons on such a night.

In terms of price, it's right on - nothing more than $13 or $14 for entrees - apps all in the $6-8 range. Lots of pork and clam dishes which might have been better. GF admits that she is not crazy about Portugeuse food, so hard to gauge, but I was satisfied. There was nothing bad...everything was fine. Give it a shot...would like to hear other reviews, esp. when the house has a few more people motivating the back.

Con Sol is on Broadway in Cambridge, just past the Kendall Sq. intersection on the right, next to a gas station, in the old old Atasca space.