When we eat out in Boston, we usually go to ethnic or inexpensive restaurants. For some strange reason, every time we try a splurge type of place it leaves me feeling that it was not worth it. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that no food is worth a real splurge. But when we splurge in Montreal it feels worth every penny (Toque comes to mind), but when we try to go to even somewhat expensive restaurants in Boston, I wish we stayed home and cooked.
Well, another trip to Montreal is not going to happen for a while, and I've been really craving a "wow" (or close to it) type of meal. The most we are willing to pay is $200 for dinner for 2 (that's total with wine, tax, and tip). I'd like to find a place with exceptional food, and a good wine list. I don't care about the atmosphere, scene, etc. So I'd be just as happy with a place in Waltham as in South end (actually Waltham has parking, so I'd almost prefer that ;) The only non-food "nice to have" is that tables not be too close together. It's becoming almost impossible to find these days (maybe due to rediculous prices of Boston real estate).
Here are some places we haven't tried yet that look interesting:
No. 9 Park (the cafe menu)
Which one would you go to and why? What other places would you recommend?
Just for the reference, here are places that we love and hate:
Grotto -- we love it, except for desserts, but we don't care much about desserts.
Lumiere -- great food and worth its high prices, but tables are crammed together. It would be nice to have a bit more privacy.
Campania -- pretty good, but too pricy. Grotto's food is almost as good and it is half the price.
Oleana -- I really don't know what the fuss is about. Looks like good ideas, but the execution is usually faulty.
Perdix -- very good food, but too crammed and loud
Evoo -- interesting and reasonably priced, but for some reason, I don't find their food particularly delicious
Helmand -- we love it, but it's a great ethnic place, not a "wow" gastronomical experience.
I know -- I am too picky. Maybe what I am looking for doesn't really exist in Boston. Something like Lumiere with space between tables, but still at Lumiere's price level would be nice. If it had a tasting menu, that'd be even better.
Thanks for reading my rambling and tolerating my pickiness.
Btw, Happy Thanksgiving to you all!