Plans were made for four of us to have dinner at The Rat Pack Cafe in Framingham; none of us had been before and I couldn't find much information or reviews. It is located behind the Legal Seafood on Route 9 in Framingham. My husband and I arrived first and were able to get a good look at the place. The bar is to the left as you enter; good sized bar, congenial bartender. The room was dark and the outer walls were lined with high-backed booths with an art deco feel. The area above the bar was decorated with pictures of the Rat Pack--Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Peter Lawford, etc. My only complaint about the bar was the martini glasses, which I am very particular about. The glass size was adequate, but not the large "bird bath" sized martini glass which made my skewer or olives difficult to hold in the glass--a minor complaint.
Now on to the salads and entrees. We were seated in the center of the room at a table for four. The waitress was informative and guided us along the right path. We all shared two of the warm spinach salads--which we all enjoyed. The salad consisted of warmed spinach, portobello mushrooms and oven dried tomatoes. It needed a little zing to it to make it more of a salad, perhaps some sort of vinegar would have been good, but we enjoyed it and it was a little different.
I ordered the Veal Tenerloin Scalloppine. It had a wonderful full flavored gravy, scented with fresh rosemary. The veal was arranged over slices of various types of potatoes thinly sliced with wonderful roasted mushrooms and the thin haricot verts. The sauce had a light Madeira wine flavor. Very good.
My husband had the scallops over lemon linguini. There was a variety of thinly sliced spinach, carrots and Napa cabbage in the sauce. The scallops were big and fat and delicious and perfectly cooked.
The other person in our party enjoyed the special which was a soft shell crab and tuna dish which she enjoyed and her partner had the lamb loin with herbed polenta and brocolini and carrots.
Dessert was a chocolate caramel tart with ice cream and a fresh fruit tart with whipped cream.
All in all a very enjoyable experience made even more so because I did not have great expectations. The room was full. There was a piano player adjacent to the bar and when we left the restaurant a group of women were seated around the piano singing and having a wonderful time.
The entrees we had averaged about $25.00.
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