which was very crowded when I went to meet my friend there (who lives in the North End but never eats at any of those fine restaurants) but a table of 2 was ready in one minute. We were on the end in the back by the kitchen and it gets crowded and hectic but that was okay. Started with a delicious passionfruit bellini that hit the spot, friend had a glass of cote du rhone. He then got clam chowder which was a good sized serving and seemed fine altho my bite was too hot to judge well. I had one oyster from PEI but I'm more of an expert on fried oysters which we split. Very lightly fried served with blue cheese sauce drizzled on top. I would have preferred a bit more crispy coating and the sauce on the side but they were nice, fairly pricey at $14 or so w/ a bit of shredded cabbage on the side. We also split the lobster roll for $19 served on a toasted brioche bun (got it cold instead of hot w/ butter), with just the right amount of mayo, good amount of lobster but not overflowing by any means. Side of fries was very tasty. Nice service from someone I swear I've seen around but he didn't think so. Came to almost $60 before tip. A woman in the party next to us wasn't happy with an entree she said tasted too mayonnaisy and switched it for a bunch of oysters, should have asked what she got. Also saw the larger Andelman brother eating there.
We hit Napoli Pastry after and I got a cone w/ coffee and vanilla w/ nutella gelato ($3). Nice, vanilla tasted almost eggnoggy. Friend got a slide of choc. choc. chip cake that he liked, seemed on the small side.
And the bargain of the week was the meat patty at Flames II in Brigham Circle. $1.35 gets you a good sized, greasy patty (but that's okay) with good pastry. Make sure to let it cool off a little tho, those things are hot coming out of the warmer.
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