Made it out to the Natick "Collection" today for lunch, at SDLT. I haven't made it to the one in Boston, so I can't compare, but I certainly think it's an excellent addition to the MetroWest choices. Started with a basket of their house-made breads, served with a garlic bean spread. The breads were vey good (I actually picked up 2 loaves at their "Boulangerie", literally a hole in the wall in the mall where they sell their baked goods), but I thought the bean spread was took garlicky and smooth, not "rustic" enough.
For a main I had to try the steak frites, reasonably priced at $15 fo lunch. I believe it was a flank steak, served sliced, a bit fatty, cooked exactly as ordered (medium rare). The red wiine reduction was delicious, perhaps a bit salty, but yummy. It came with big pile of their signature rosemary fries (which are also available as a side for $6.50). The fries are a bit too thin for my taste, really like potato sticks, but my DCs seemed to love them, as did most of the folks around us.
For dessert, we split the "grand dessert", a tasting plate of all of their desserts, a generous portion for $16. It had 1/2 portions of a chocolate bete noire, with caramelized banana and caramel sauce (the best one), a maple flavored cheesecake (#2), an "heirloom apple" tarte tatin with lemon-thyme ice cream (the apple was much too sweet, and not caramelized at all), and a hazelnut creme brulee, which was more of a flan, with no crust. Also, we were served a spice cookie and an oatmeal raisin cookie, and a single chocolate truffle with white chocolate exterior. All delicious.
The inside of the restaurant is handsome, and you don't feel like you're in a mall at all once you're inside. Service was friendly, and somewhat informal, but efficient.
I'll be back.