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Eastern Standard Kitchen

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Eastern Standard Kitchen

NickCambridge | Sep 2, 2005 05:40 PM

Well, this is the first time I went back in the afternoon since a less than stellar experience last month. I'm eating crow...and mostly because so many of you guys have had great experiences there. I have to say, this time was stellar.

I met my parents there, and I waited at the bar. The bartender who I felt was rude last time was very attentive and friendly (you'd think I'd recognize people have off days!!).

We sat outside, being seated by the great sommelier there, Ed. We had 6 PEI oysters, which were the sweetest I've had all summer, and 3 huge shrimp cocktail. Each sweet, succulent, fantastic.

We split a bottle of great Rueda, very fruit forward (peach and nectarine) yet somehow dry. The steak tartare was good, although I'd prefer it wasn't mixed with mustard and pickles, but nonetheless a generous portion and very savory. The mussels were of the cream/lemongrass kind, but fresh and tasty (I prefer mussels marinere, but these were great). We also split the frisee salad, which came with a surprise of pan-fried sweetbreads (no need explaining to my parents what they were).

But what really struck me was the service...as much as I was turned off last time, I had the opposite experience today. 15 people waited on us; ed sent over a plate of delicious fried cod cakes; the manager came to see how we were doing; and the host made sure my parents had menus to remember their experience when they go back to NH. Excellent, excellent, excellent....thanks, guys....i'll remember to listen to others who disagree with my opinions.....

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