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Mercedes | May 21, 2004 10:25 AM

Went on Wednesday night for SO's birthday. Seated on the patio, which really is the nicest patio in Boston. As the sun went down they cranked the gas heaters and it was that perfect combo of warmth with cool breezes.
Started with the bean & walnut pate, I keep wanting to like these pret a manger spreads but this one was dry-as in the spread would roll off the bread if you weren't careful and seemed to need some salt or evoo or something.
Luckily, the app we shared was delicious, Grilled Squid with serano ham and spicy tomato gelee. There were three generous pieces of squid that were perfectly grilled-very tender with just a little bite. The ham was sliced thin like prosciutto and was a nice savory counterpoint to the sweetness of the squid. There was also baby watercress with a simple vinagrette. Overall, the flavors were well composed into that 'perfect bite.'
I had the Scallops and Black Truffles en papillote. There were five or six medium sized scallops topped with a generous shaving of truffles. The combo of the earthy truffles with the sweet creaminess of the scallops topped with a light tangy egg lemon sauce was fab. There were also 'baby cabbage leaves' (dare we say shredded brussel sprouts?) and a crispy rice cake that provided a little bitterness and some crunch.
By the time we got our main dishes it was pretty dark out and I wondered aloud to my SO how many bites of parchment paper I'd also managed to eat. Ah well, top anything with egg-lemon sauce and it'll probably taste good.
SO had the venison with a beet and potato pancake. The one bite I managed to snag was very good. The pancake seemed to be the highlight with a nice tangy sauce.
Shared the caramel souffle for dessert. It came with homemade caramels and a salty almond cream. The souffle and candies were delish, but we just didn't get the salty almond cream. It was really salty and strange. I guess our palattes are just not refined enough...
The food was nuanced, but not overly complex or fussy, combined with great, friendly but unintrusive service. The bill (w/o tip,) but including a bottle of champagne and one glass of port, came to a very reasonable $145.

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