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KroMel's Playhouse Cafe in Stoneham

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KroMel's Playhouse Cafe in Stoneham

Linda W. | Apr 18, 2003 10:15 PM

This is the third time I've been here in the past year, and as before, a wonderful meal, wonderful service, and now, they have a full liquor license instead of BYOB!

A friend and I were (again!) upholstery shopping this evening, so I suggested that we try this place she hadn't been to yet. She was sufficiently impressed to say we need to get a group of our friends to go.

First, the new wine list (they got their license about 3 weeks ago) was a very nice one. We ended up choosing a bottle of Five Rivers Ranch Pinot Noir, which was a nice wine for the two rather disparate dinners we both got.

A local wine store owner is a frequent visitor there, and I frequent his store on a *very* regular basis, so he stopped by to say hello (and tell us that a couple at the next table was getting engaged in a few minutes). He bought the restaurant patrons a glass of Moet y Chandon in celebration when she said "yes" after being presented with a ring tucked into in a perfect rose set on top of macerated.

My friend had a Caesar salad, and I chose the baby spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette. The vinaigrette wasn't all that warm, but it was a very nice slightly sweet/tangy drizzle that complemented the spinach.

For our entrees, my friend got the lobster & shrimp with penne (which was actually farfalle) with a lemon-butter sauce, fresh chopped tomatoes and a sprinkle of basil. I had a chunk of lobster, and while I'm not an aficionado of lobster, it was sweet, tender, and pretty damn good!

I chose the roasted duck leg with confit (a rather large one) that had a sweet and tangy raspberry drizzle on top, and fig and parsnip puree on the side - oh my - this was SO good! The duck (ordered medium) was perfectly done, with a semi-crispy skin, and the parsnip & fig puree was a very nice side dish for the duck.

Dessert was a flourless chocolate tarte with vanilla ice cream for my friend, and I had a chocolate mousse cup - a wonderful mousse that was partly moussy, partly pudding-y, that was nestled in a chocolate teacup (with handle) and topped with freshly whipped cream, surrounded by a raspberry and blackberry puree...heavenly and completely edible - which I did.

They're located on Main St. (Route 28) in Stoneham Square - two doors down from the Stoneham Theatre. Reservations are recommended by the restaurant, although it wasn't crowded when we were there (Saturdays are usually pretty crowded).

I have never been disappointed by KroMel's the few times I've been there, and I just wish more people would find this treasure in the 'burbs. If they were in Davis Square, they'd give several restaurants a run for their money in the food/service area.

KROMEL'S PLAYHOUSE CAFE 407 Main St. (Rte. 28), Stoneham. 781-438-7243.

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