Besides the return trip to O'Sullivans mentioned below, I finally tried New Taste of Asia in Coolidge Corner Fri. nite and that was delicious. My friend was ready to go across the street to Yazu (I think that's the name of the Korean bbq I was thinking of last week) because it was more comfortable, and tables for 2 at NTOA aren't too comfortable. If I had 5 extra pounds on me, I wouldn't have been able to squeeze into the tiny space. But everything was great from the small order of dumplings to the Singapore noodles to the infamous lamb w/ cumin. The lamb dish had a nice kick to it, mostly affecting my chapped lips but as long as you avoided the chili peppers, it wasn't too bad. Noodles were tasty, some of the best dumplings I've had, and a deal at about $23 for the three dishes. Nice service but when I pointed out to the woman that there was no light in the ladies room, she said, "I know, sorry". Hmm, shouldn't that have been taken care of? Filled us up before seeing New York Doll at the Coolidge which is very good btw (and Mitt Romney was there cuz of the Mormon connection).
Sun. was a deal at Excelsior who are having 3 course dinners every Sun-Wed. in Jan. for $50, $65 w/ matching wine. We got the wines and had a great meal. No choices but everything was good, esp. the osso buco on a freezing nite. App. was gravlax with what I thought was too sweet a sauce but the shredded crab with it was good. Breads were yummy, good butter, nice viognier. Big plate of osso bucco with wonderful polenta and some greens, maybe swiss chard which was a little bitter but okay. Served with an Italian red that I can't remember, I preferred my friend's red that she'd gotten at the bar earlier. Mocha panna cotta w/ creme anglaise was nice with a great dessert wine (sorry can't remember specifics). Nice sitting overlooking the gardens, waiter was awesome, fun and knowledgeable, gave me a rec for my Paris trip, nice experience. They may extend this to Feb. and I'll be back for sure to try another menu if they do.