After a drink at City Bar in the Lenox last Sat., we wandered over to the South End around 9:15 to try our luck at Aquitaine or whatever place wasn't too full. Even tho the place was jumping, we asked how long for two and when he said 2 minutes, we were pretty happy. Had the normal tight squeeze toward the front of the room which makes for easy conversation with fellow diners if you so desire. We sat next to a chatterbox who was entertaining in some ways. In any case, overall the food was pretty darn good. We split the frisee salad w/ lardon and cheese which was very tasty ($10) as were the famous mussels ($9). Actually, I could just have a pot of that broth with their nice rolls and I'd be happy. We split the scallop entree and felt like it was a bit skimpy on scallops for $26. Four medium sized with a bit of sweet potato puree and some greens. Delicious but a bit of a rip off. Dessert was a caramel bread pudding and I asked what the chances were of getting a scoop of ice cream on it. She said very good but didn't mention there'd be a charge. I guess I was just stupid to think that they'd go ahead and put that tiny scoop on for free. It was very good nonetheless. Service was knowledgeable and friendly altho she never asked how things were. With two glasses of wine, tax and tip, it came to $91.
Went across the street to the Butcher Shop for an after dinner drink and that was fun. I never get dessert wines but the waitress really knew her stuff and I went with the Selvapiana which I surprisingly enjoyed ($8). Didn't look at the menu but will be curious to actually eat there.