On a recent trip to Boston, I had dinner with my husband and two others at Eastern Standard. I had eaten there a few years ago, and liked it then, not so much this time.
Positives: One of the best things we had was a little bowl of pickled vegetables served with a limp basket of bread that was too soft for a French restaurant. The Saturday night Veal Chop special with potatoes rosti was delicious! A hefty chop, perfectly cooked medium rare with a crsipy potato cake.
On the down side: We had an overly enthusiastic server. As we were reading the drink menu he intervened and asked us what kind of drinks we liked so he could recommend them for us. In my case, I said I liked mojitos and in fact that was what I was going to order, but he said I would really really like a drink they had called an Old Cuban (or something like that). It tasted to me like orange cough syrup, so I sent it back and ordered a mojito. Every dish we ordered he announced was the best thing on the menu or some other superlative.
Beef heart meatballs had good flavor, but they were very dry and overcooked. The tomatoes in a caprese salad were vine ripe and fresh but the cheese was dull and rubbery. Rigatoni entree was very dry with pasty sauce. Tagliatelle with pesto had good flavor but there was lack of care cooking the pasta which was stuck together in several spots. It ruined a good thing. Because this was a special occasion, I decided to order a dessert for us all to share, creme brulee. Looked good with fresh berries on top, and had a nice crunch sugar top. But the creme was standard issue pudding.
1. Pickled veggies
2. Eh bread
3. Orange Cuban
4. Good mojito
5. Veal Chop
6. Dry rigatoni
7. Misfortunate tagliatelle
8. Standard issue creme brulee