So this restaurant is next door to a hair salon, a convenience store, and my chiropractor. He recommended it highly, and we finally went last night, 1/19/08 to Infusions Bistro in Chelmsford. Now I'm wondering if next weekend is too long to wait to go back!
In a word, fabulous! The $45/person tasting menu is the ultimate suburban gastronomic fantasy. Three mini hors dýýýoeuvres, a soup or salad, entrýýe and dessert are included. We chose from polenta (so soft and creamy on the inside), skewered shrimp or beef (nice char on both), ceviche (tangy and tart, I wanted more), foie gras, and more. The soup was a rich and slightly creamy wild mushroom, and the salads were an inspired Waldorf-style crunch salad with dried cranberries giving it sweetness and goat cheese that melted in your mouth. There was also a nicoise that looked good.
For entrees we had the bacon wrapped tenderloin and the duck. The tenderloin was perfectly done with a little crust and a smoky aftertaste. The duck was heavenly! Done three ways, confit with wing, breast meat, and prosciutto with rice timbale, I could have enjoyed this for hours!
Desserts were also good but limited. Service was very attentive, and the young owners strive for the right mix of friendliness and ambience. We found the color scheme very soothing, and it wasnýýýt at all noisy despite being near full.
Friends who we happened to meet there said that this was their new gem, that they go every week, sit at the same table, and have a great experience. Very comparable to La Boniche and anything you might find in Boston. The CIA grad chef Phillip Proulx, aided his wife Marie, really gets fine food right!