Went to Melrose last night to celebrate future mother in law's birthday. Overall I was somewhat underwhelmed. This is one of my favorite places but when you drop $300 bucks for four I, and maybe I'm asking too much, expect close to an excellent experience.
We had the diver scallops and white eggplant soup for apps. For entrees: crab cakes, rack of lamb, lobster in angel hair pasta and mascarpone, rockfish with asparagus. My rockfish was boring--nice but nothing special and the asparagus were just a tad underdone IMO. Boyfriend's lobster dish was way better and more exciting. Did not get to taste the other two dishes but the folks were happy. The eggplant soup was nice but not exciting. Scallops were deemed delicious by those who ordered them. For dessert I had the chocolate trio which was nice since it was all bittersweet but nothing so good I had to close my eyes involuntarily (my deliciousness test). The sticky date pudding was good and the ice cream order was deemed delicious though you could only get up to three flavors (2941 lets you have 5).
The friandises that came with the bill were also lovely and there was a huge variety--white chocolate macadamias, florentines, chocolate dipped apricots and several other goodies.
There were some problems with the service. The place was near deserted and seemingly the waiters had nothing to do but fuss over us and it simply got to be too much. Topping off nearly full water glasses, waiting on the sidelines til I took the last bite of my app and trying to get my plate even before I was done, and just hanging around the table generally. In addition, many of the backwaiters did not speak English well enough to allow us to communicate with them. ONe of us ordered coffee to drink with the meal, expecting drip brew. They brought a very strong French press. But asking if the coffee was espresso, french press or drip and getting an answer and then exchanging the coffee ended up being a whole huge saga that had to be mediated by the front waiter. It was a lot of work for just a cup of coffee that I didn't think should have happened in that caliber of a restaurant.