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La Brace, North End, Boston

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La Brace, North End, Boston

limster | Jul 1, 2006 02:55 AM

New place on Salem Street, a few doors away from Eclano (where D'Amores used to be).

See http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Essentially an Italian grill.

Generous and deliciously shrimpy seafood stuffing the fried zuchinni flowers, a very light sauce, menu describes it as truffle vinaigrette. The batter was a tad soft. A cohesive pepper and lemon dressing on crisp microgreens.

An outstanding veal chop -- as good as any I've had the area, everything one could ask for -- supple, flavourful, juicy. Grilled perfectly to medium rare. It's $29.95; I would expect to pay $35-40 at a steakhouse or a fancy restaurant for this quality. Sides of asparagus with a mix of mushrooms, lemony roasted fingerling potatoes.

A rich vanilla bean creme brulee that means business. Complement of strawberries and raspberries.

As a new place, it shows lots of promise. Down-to-earth service, eager to please. Some minor, and in my mind, insignificant faults (soft batter on the zuchinni flowers, pacing of kitchen) that are to be expected in any new restaurant. If they keep up the quality of the grilled meats, it would be a destination.

Apps around $12; pasta dishes in the mid/low teens; main courses (mostly grilled meats and fish, branzino looked interesting) in the $20s and max out at $29.95 (veal chop and ribeye). Dessert was $8.

Would definitely go again.

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