Stopped by Ariadne in Newtonville Mon. for their $5 martini w/ jazz nite. Everyone was congreated in the bar area where the jazz duo was sometimes a bit too loud, but it was something different for my mother (down from smalltown VT) who enjoyed it. The dining room was kind of slow but it's a very pretty room and they offer prix fixe specials during the week, so I need to eat a full meal at some point. We just split a seafood salad roll on very nice bread w/ good fries for $15. My watermelon "martini" tasted a little cough syrup like to me, the 2nd time that's happened with watermelon so I'll have to try another girly flavor next time. Amstel Light was Amstel Light ($4.95). The scene at the bar was pretty friendly, menu is interesting, will be back.
Got off early Wed. and hit the $6.95 lunch special at Aneka Rasa on Harvard Ave. in Allston. That gets you soup, app., rice, salad and entree. It's a pleasant space and service was fine. I can't find the soup on their menu tho, it was kind of chicken/egg brothy with strings of stuff and scallions. It was good in any case. Choice of 3 kinds of rice, 6 apps. and maybe 7 entrees. I went with coconut rice, 2 little spring rolls and seafood rice noodle. The rolls could have been crispier, I used their dipping sauce for the seafood noodles which needed a kick. There wasn't a ton of coconut flavor to the rice, the julienned veggies in the salad were great. So while this isn't a ringing endorsement, it was all pretty good for $6.95. A table next to me was ordering off the regular menu and had some interesting dishes come to the table, so I'll go back for dinner some time.