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Long review of Cuvee on Newbury Street


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Long review of Cuvee on Newbury Street

Diane S | Jun 21, 2005 05:10 PM

Our party of 4 decided to go to Cuvee to celebrate 2 birthdays. We made reservations for 7pm Sat online the day before. The restaurant is small and intimate with a nice relaxing feel. The evening began with a complimentary canapé of salmon ceviche (nice way to wet our appetites) followed by warm French bread and olive bread – this is served with a delicious olive oil for dipping and freshly made pesto for spreading.

We proceeded to order A LOT of “small plates” and 2 entrees.
· We had Blue Lump Crab Cakes with an herbed remoulade sauce – one of the best crab cakes I ever had, tons of crab and just about no breading – a serving was 2 nice sized cakes.
· Seared beef tenderloin with asparagus and béarnaise sauce - served medium rear as ordered and sliced into 4 pieces. Just delicious
· Ahi tuni Martini – lightly seared tuna diced and place in a martini glass, served with wasabi sauce, ginger and soy sauce on the side. This again was delicious
· Zucchini wrapped Lobster with baby spinach and a soy ginger sauce. – 3 pieces of chilled lobster meat wrapped in thin slices of zucchini served with a soy ginger dipping sauce, only complaint here is how do you share 3 items when there are 4 of you? This dish was nothing special unless you really have a hankering for lobster.
· Roasted duck pot stickers with sweet chili sauce – this was not at all what we expected. This came out looking like a huge fried burrito sliced in half filled with diced duck meat – again nothing special and would probably not order this again
· The cuvee Caesar salad – this salad of romaine lettuce came out looking pretty boring – lettuce leaves were not cut and at first sight this dish looked boring but 1 bite of the salad with the homemade dressing was enough to say can I have the recipe for this dressing? This one was a nice surprise
· The Vine ripe tomato salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil - this came out as few slices of red and yellow tomatoes topped with the mozzarella and basil, drizzled with olive oil – this was ok, again I would stick with the Caesar. (This dish will probably be better as tomatoes come into season)
· The Corn and red bean salad with grilled shrimp – this salad came with 3 large grilled shrimps – I thought it was just ok compared to the Caesar salad
· For entrees, we had the roast chicken with wild mushroom risotto – nice juicy slices of chicken – again nothing special, I guess I’m a small plate type of gal
· Pan seared tune steak with roasted peppers, shitake mushrooms and bok choy. – This dish was really the only major disappointments of the evening. The tuna steak was not served sliced and was not adequately seasoned. The pepper, mushroom, bok choy served with the steak was boring and really lacked flavor – definitely would not get this again – if you want tuna have a few tuna martinis.

For dessert –there were only 3 choices, a dark chocolate flourless cake, a merlot granata with fresh berries and a splash of champagne and a cheesecake with strawberry puree. We ended up ordering the dark chocolate cake and was also presented with the granita complementary. The cake was delicious and a few bits was all we needed, the big surprise was how good the complementary dessert was – it was light and refreshing and went perfect with the dark chocolate cake.

Finally – I need to comment on our server who was wonderful, he was able to present our small dishes in a way that we had time to enjoy a few at a time instead of having them all come out at once (not that there would have been room for all those dishes on our table) We ended the evening with a total bill of only $202 which consisted of all the dishes above, 3 glasses of wine, 1 glass of soda and 1 coffee.

We plan on heading back to try the 5 remaining small plates that we did not get to that night. My advice is to enjoy the extensive wine list and many of the small plates but definitely the seared beef, crab cakes, ahi tuna martini and cuvee Caesar salad.

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