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European View on Food in Boston

RuneAresvik | Aug 8, 2005 04:46 PM

Just got back from a week in Boston and Cape Cod, and very much enjoyed the food. Thanks to all the writers on the Board who gave me all the good ideas.

The only bad experience we had was at Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square. My wife had been there a couple of days before with her "boss" (its a long story), who is Indian, and the food was very good. However, the quality served to "ordinary tourists" can only be described as mediocre Indian.

We ate at No. 9 Park, and although I was not thrilled, it was probably due to my own expectations. When I am in the US, I should not go to "European" restuarants. I invariably feel that they are trying too hard, and that I have had better in Europe. That said, the food was excellent.

We also went to Salts in Cambridge. Again, I had a bit of the same feeling regarding the European atmosphere, but Salts is more relaxed. The quality of the food, however, was a bit mixed. The started was great, but the main course (tenderloin) was unexceptional both in the quality of the meat itself (which is strange for the US), but even stranger for the accompaniments.

Now for the really good stuff : Sea Food!!!!!!!

We were sufficiently impressed by No.9 to follow the advice of posters who reccomended B&G Oysters. Right they were. In fact, we were so impressed that after having dinner there on Thursday we went back for a final lunch on Sunday (yesterday) before heading out to the airport for our flight back. Great oysters (and it was really cool to taste your way through the different areas), wonderful crab cakes, excellent scallops, beautiful cod, etc. In addition, the wine list is excellent as well. Gruner Veltliner can be recommended.

We also ate at the East Coast Grill. Again, we loved it. While the food is maybe a bit less refined than at B&G, it was more fun, and the food is very, very good. We would need to be banned from both these places (and probably a number of other seafood places that had been mentioned in postings here) before we would ever set our foots inside Legal Seafood again......

We spent the week-end at Cape Cod. We took the morning boat on Friday, rented bicycles, and bicycled down to Wellfleet (we had to see where the oysters come from). In Wellfleet, food was easy. We ended up "pigging out" at Max's two nights in a row. Sitting outside with a table full of oysters, clams, short-necks, crabs, french fries (or whatever you call them these days), and a bottle of cold Sauvignon Blanc from the wine shop, looking at the sunset is an unbeatable experience.

Tonight we had a take-away pizza and a nice bottle of wine from our own cellar. Very different, but also nice..........

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