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Bondir Concord Just Okay

StriperGuy | Jan 29, 201412:14 PM

Hit it last week with my SO. Sat at the bar and had three half plates:

- Scituate Lobster Coquillage (really a fluke dish with an oyster on the half shell)

- Rye Flour Bucatini

- Cassoulet sur Assiette

These were all roughly $16 each for a half portion.

The Fluke (lobster coquillage) dish was just not very good. The fluke was flavorless, the fish just not glisteningly fresh, the juice from the oyster had all been spilled, and the lobster reduction tasted kinda funky.

The Rye Flour Bucatini was competently executed, but there was nothing at all exceptional about it. "Oh nice pasta" is about all I could say. The foraged mushrooms and spruce ricotta were not in evidence.

The height of the dinner was the cassoulet, but that merely rose to: "hmm, this is good" and that was only the beans and walnut crumble underneath the meats. The porcelet sausage was overcooked, like a too-dense, too finely ground meatloaf that had over-solidified and was totally flavorless to boot. God it needed some fat. Both of the duck preps just tasted of well... nothing. It's really not hard to make confit that tastes like something, some thyme, a little salt, some black pepper. This confit tasted like the herb truck forgot the delivery that day.

We each had a glass of red wine, and the pours were okay and the wines just fine.

The portion size was not that bad for half portions, though the full sized ones didn't look much bigger.

The bar tender was attentive and thoughtful.

Holey cow Boston, yet another restaurant with haute aspirations that is just soul-less and lacking in flava... Next time I'll just go to Asian Gourmet so can get a meal that actually tastes like something. The total tab was around $110 including tip.

Asian Gourmet
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