I had a wonderful dinner at Atasca in Kendall Square last night with my father. We wanted a nice place by the movie theater, and I'd already been to Emma's, so I thought we'd give it a try. We arrived a little before 6 and it was empty except for 2 other diners, yet the host wanted to seat us right next to the kitchen. Very strange... we asked for a different table and he moved us to the back, fortunately.
I'd looked at some other recommendations from this board, so we decided to split 3 of their small plates (this might not be enough food for other folks, but we don't have huge appetites). The Camarao com Queijo de Cabra was a lovely little casserole of shrimp, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers topped with goat cheese. The flavors sound odd, but they worked so well together - great comfort food. We also got the sauteed squid with polenta croutons, which was simple, but the squid was perfectly done, and the crunchy croutons were a nice touch. We also got Queijo com Pate, which was slices of grilled bread, white cheese, and a chourico pate that you spread on - this was really tasty as well, and fun to assemble. The waitress told us that bread only comes with the meal, but she brought us some anyway, with an olive oil and garlic dip. Bread was definitely needed to soak up all the rich sauces! For dessert, we split the Pasteis de Nata - a little custard tart in pastry with an orange liqueur broiled on top. It was delicious, but very small... I'd get my own next time!
The prices were quite reasonable, as well - for that plus 2 glasses of wine and 2 coffees, it was about $60 total. I would definitely go back, and I'm looking forward to checking out their sister restaurant O'Cantinho as well.