After hearing all the great things about Perdix on this board, we couldn't wait to try it. Perdix serves outstanding New American cuisine. Its not always consistent, but some dishes really shine, particularly fish. Unfortunately, I dont think we can survive another dinner there due to unbearable noise level. We had to yell to hear each other. After the appetizers, I didnt feel so bad about not coming back to Perdix. The risotto balls stuffed with duck confit sounded better than they tasted. 2 egg sized balls were too hard on the outside and somewhat dry. The duck was mixed in with the rice and was not particularly noticeable. Steak tartar was good, but not stellar. It started out zesty and delicious, but when the egg yolk served with it ran out, the dish was too salty and briny due to the large amount of capers. The entrees were both excellent. The pork chop was juicy, tender, and very nicely browned. Vanilla sweet potatoes and prunes made it into great comfort food on a cold day. The roasted striped bass was the best fish dish I had in a long time. The fish was nicely browned on the outside, but very moist inside. Asparagus sauce, and mustard celery root puree provided the creamy base, and asparagus spears and almonds provided a contrasting crunch. This was one of the nights specials, but the 3 fish dishes on the menu looked excellent too. By the time we were done with our entrees we both had a headache and decided not to stay for dessert.
We mostly go out in Cambridge, Somerville, and the suburbs. Is Perdix noise level typical of South End places? Did we just get unlucky that night? We were seated next to a party of 6 that was pretty loud.