Having enjoyed the State Street restaurant and bar many times over the years I decided to meet an old friend at the Natick location.
The mall is beautiful, the lounge area is beautiful and the stylishly dressed women shopping and working in the mall were also......... beautiful.
I sat at the bar and ordered a Bourbon Manhattan. It was so watery it was almost undrinkable. Being one never to waste good booze I persevered an finished it. Before asking for another I told the bartender of my issues with the first and he promised to make the next one more to my liking.
I watched in horror as the bartender prepared my second Manhattan. Ice, then a shot of Bourbon from a nearly empty bottle, 30 seconds to find another bottle, more Bourbon, then Sweet Vermouth, a leisurely stir and pour, Viola, a perfectly watered down Manhattan. I was astounded that so much time and effort could go into such a horribly tasting drink.
On to the Appetizers..........
1/2 dozen oysters on the half shell. They were fresh, slightly briney and perfectly chilled. Simply delicious even though I had to wash them down with you know what.
Tuna tiradito, not the best grade tuna, a bit grisly (I had to use a knife to cut it) and the sauce fell flat. Also overpriced at $6.
Finally I split an average tasting Angus Burger with fries.
Overall I can't recommend. When I'm paying top dollar for a drink I expect it to be expertly made. The food faired somewhat better but still not at a level that meets the price.
Sel De La Terre
1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760