I have always considered #9 one of the best if not the best fine dining restaurants in Boston. My DC and I did a tasting menu over the holidays and were less then thrilled, nothing clicked, mediocre at best. I chalked it up to an off night or to the fact that they were very busy (chaotic).
We returned earlier this week for another try. Again another chaotic experience, we had an 8:00 reservation and were not seated until just after 8:30. Not usually a big deal but they were not that busy and I have always felt that a place of this caliber should be more careful with over booking and should always seat reservations in a more timelier manner. Once again we did the tasting menu with wine pairings, even though it was almost identical to the tasting we had four months earlier? The food was even less inspiring, luke warm and poorly executed. I was very surprised with the lack of care they showed as far as the wines were concerned. The whites were served way to cold and the reds were way to warm (hot)!
An extremely disappointing two experiences considering the price and their excellent reputation. Two mediocre to bad experiences in a row does not bode well especially when they are planning on this big move to the seaport district. I hope this is not the beginning of the end alla Todd English and Olives!