I could not have been more impressed with the dinner we had at Soma on Saturday night. I started with a gratin of roasted vegetables, my husband had the carrot soup. Both were to-die-for delicious. Then I had the short ribs, husband had the rib eye. The ribs were tender and wonderful, and the accompanying mashed potatoes, vegetables, and thin, salty onion rings were great. I didn't try my husband's meal, but he loved it. For dessert, we shared the chocolate ambrosia. This is a cake unlike any I've ever had. Not molten chocolate, but not cake-like either. Sort of like soft fudge that melts in your mouth. Fantastic. It came with creme fraiche ice cream that was fine, but nothing to rave about.
I highly recommend this for folks on the North Shore. Yes, it's more Boston pricing than North Shore (about $120 before tip with 1 cocktail and 1 glass of wine each). And yes, the dining room is loud. They don't have enough sound baffling, and at 7:45 when we arrrived, it was packed and noisy. I recommend going early (they have a prix fix menu for $36 that had some terrific looking stuff on it that's available until 6:30) or late (it was quiet by about 8:30). But it's one of the best meals I've had, including those in Boston. It's clear that Nick Speros (chef) really knows what he's doing. The flavors are top-notch--designed to bring out the best in the food rather than be pretentious—and well worth the price.