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The Cottage in Chestnut Hill: All show no substance

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The Cottage in Chestnut Hill: All show no substance

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teezeetoo | | Mar 6, 2013 01:38 PM

So it was "ladies who lunch" day after some shopping and this was convenient (parking, location, etc.). Great menu: lots of salads, small plates, nice sounding dishes. I think, however, that I'm going to make this a rule of thumb: if you ask a restaurant whether their Caesar salad has anchovies and they say no, leave. Every dish, so beautifully described on the menu, was lackluster. Eggplant fries with lemon aioli? No flavor whatsoever and Hellman's with lemon juice would have been more "aoili-like." Mahi fish tacos? The black beans were pretty good, the fish was fresh, the mango salsa and the jalapeno aioli might have been vanilla pudding for all the flavor it added. Portions were gigantic (happily we were sharing because none of us could have finished any one dish on our own). Room is pretty, service is pleasant. Giant menu which has managed to homogenize the taste of everything we tried. Totally forgettable.

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