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great meal at cuchi cuchi


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great meal at cuchi cuchi

alan | Apr 21, 2003 10:31 PM

just came back from a great dinner at cuchi cuchi, 795 main st. near MIT. The food, service and atmosphere were all exceptional--something worthy of reporting to chowhounds. first time there. we had reservations for 7pm, showed up at 7:10, and were disappointed when informed our table had been given to another party. of course, we waited at the bar. I had an interesting interpretation of a margarita (it had a splash of grapefruit juice). not the typical sweet maragarita. bartender was very accomodating and friendly. we were seated around 8. our waiter asked if we were familiar with the tapas style of small dishes. we told him we were, and he proceeded to give an exciting intro to the restaraunt and encouraged us to enjoy. I can't recreate his enthusiasm but it was sincere, or professional at least. we were served a basket of thinly sliced bread with an olive spread, salty and delicious. we ordered the scallops provencale (seared and served on a bed of mushroom stuffing), tuna carpaccio (with chopped watermelon, interesting, light, could have used a little zing but new and tasty nevertheless), "mexican fried tomato" (deep fried tomato slices layered with queso blanco and topped with pico de gallo, mild with subtle cilantro, avacado), potato gratin (made right - heavy cream, baked and served in a small casserole, mmm), spinach salad (garlicky dressing, hearts of palm, fennel slices, goat cheese). with a glass of wine each (nice wine list - we enjoyed the portuguese wines, which are uncommon on a wine-by-the-glass list) and a 20% tip, the total was $90 (including the pricey cocktails before dinner). If I may presume to know anything, or maybe make up something, the atmosphere is post-nouveau, very refreshing. really a good time, good food. left satisfied and enjoyed a new dining experience. we highly recommend this restaurant.

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