Just wanted to add our lovely Dedo experience to the list, and to remind folks about this place. Last night was our first time there. For 3/4 of our meal, we were the only diners there. On our way in, we saw a few souls at the bar, not too many. The host acknowledged that it had been a very slow week for them.
We started out with the complimentary "toasties" (as our waiter called them) with the chunky bean spread. Yummy. It got even better when our app of grilled bread, heirloom tomatoes, basil, and vinegar arrived. I've always felt that this standard appetizer needs vinegar, and Dedo gets it just right, IMHO. Perfectly ripe tomatoes, basil not so overwhelming that other flavors are lost. A nice, harmonious blend of tastes and textures.
My entree was the cod loin with fava beans, red pepper, and corn custard. The fish was perfectly done, and had an almost buttery taste on its own. The fava beans and red pepper were done as a sort of succotash, with a subtle creamy vinagrette sauce pooled underneath. The corn custard was set to the side, with some fresh thyme sprinkled on top. This was a delicious, solid dish. Since we were alone in the restaurant, I could make audible all of the happy groans I would usually keep to myself.
Hubby had the skirt steak with frites. The frites are definitely french in style, served piping hot, crispy, and in a generous portion. Hubby pronounced my entree "little food" (as he often does when one can glimpse plate between the food items) but he was very happy with his portion size. I tasted his steak and frites, with some of the (I think same as my entree) creamy vinagrette-y sauce.........the steak was perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. He loved it, too......I didn't get another bite!
My glass of Australian chardonnay was just ok. Hubby does not imbibe so we didn't try anything else from the wine list.
Dessert was a sour cream cherry cake, with vanilla ice cream and toasted almonds. This was more rich than I had expected (duh?) and the cherries were a subtle part of the dish. The cake was very, very moist. It was absolutely scrumptious. We also had a small order of the homemade chocolates. My favorite was spiked with chilis....I've often read and heard about the chocolate-chili combo being used in desserts, but had never tried it. I found the caramel-filled chocolates to be quite salty, but my usually salt-sensitive hubby did not. Go figure.
Dinner came to slightly less than $70, before tip. Our service was warm, cheerful (but not overly so), and a little playful. I sensed a definite effort by the staff to avoid projecting a "poor us" attitude.
Hope this encourages more folks to try this great place on 69 Church Street, Boston (Bay Village). An easy walk from the Back Bay T. We'll definitely be going back. The bar menu looked great, and we'd like to try that burger next time........
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