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Jumbo/Newton and Smith & Wol.

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Jumbo/Newton and Smith & Wol.

Joanie | Feb 26, 2005 11:03 AM

Tried the Newton Centre Jumbo Seafood since I was out that way last Mon. and they had lunch specials. Pretty quiet on a snowy holiday. Went with scallops in black pepper sauce which comes with soup of the day and veg. fried rice ($8.25). Soup was hot and sour and it seemed like a good version. I actually got the fried rice which I never do but I thought maybe cuz it was veg. fried rice, it wouldn't have the premade, been sitting around for a long time taste that you get with the basic sides of fried rice. I was very wrong. I pictured a beautifully light on soy sauce rice w/ nice chunks of egg and a few studs of colorful veggies. What came was dark rice, no egg, a few peas, not good. The scallops were fine but the sauce was on the oily side. I ate half of it and proceeded to forget the doggie bag which wasn't a huge loss, altho I could have eaten all the scallops if I wasn't trying to save it.

Smith & Wollensky last nite was pretty darn good. Started with drinks at Davio's and my pear martini was really nice ($11). The bar was quite crowded at 7:30, dining room fairly busy, but then it seemed to clear out a fair amount when we left just before 8. Were seated right away for our 8 reservations on the 2nd floor of S&W. That space is pretty amazing. I checked out the 3rd and 4th floors where no one was eating last nite, the 4th floor would be great for a private party. Anyway, the waiter and wine steward were great as was a wonderful bread basket with lots of different breads, butter and a mustard spread. We got some syrah that my brother said was a good deal and the wine gal actually steered him to the lesser priced bottle when he asked questions. I started with one of the best crab cakes ever, a huge lightly lightly breaded one over cole slaw for $14. My brother got the greens w/ mustard vin. which was really good too ($7). They offered a fair amount of specials, one of which I got: a sirloin (I think) served over sauteed spinach with a roquefort butter and wine reduction sauce ($34). he got the Colorado ribeye which most people had raved about and both were great cuts of meat, done perfectly med. and med. rare and served sizzling hot. A side of tasty onion rings could have served 6. We split the trio of creme brulee, regular, spice and chocolate with two perfect capuccinos. At some point the waiter was informed this was a b-day dinner (6 months late but who's counting) so a candle was stuck in one brulee and they didn't charge us. My only complaint was that I ate too much.

And for those of you worrying about business at the Reef Cafe, I think it may cater to the late nite club and student population. It was packed when we walked by both at 10:15 and 11:45 (to see the Guns n Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone who should have been a lot better but the kids loved them).

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