Thanks to all of the Hounds who posted recommendations at Perdix. Finally got to go last Saturday night and the experience was like riding a roller coaster, up and down , but in the end it was a wonderful ride.
First of all the down. Had originally made reservations for four. Was told there were 2 seatings, 6:30 and 8:30 and all that was left was 6:30 which was fine. On Saturday when we called to confirm, we pleaded with them to add 2 more to our party and after a little back and forth, Tim (the owner?) told us it could be done. We all showed up on time maybe 5 minutes or so early, only to be told by the hostess (Tim's wife?) that our reservations were for 6:00. Now no one else was seated as yet in the whole place and parties were just arriving. We explained that that we were certain that our reservation was for 6:30, etc. The hostess explained that we were wrong. You get the picture. She explained that our table was "committed" for 8:00 essentially inviting us to dine but be on the stage coach out of town by 8:00. While this bantering, tense but polite, was going on, the waitress took me aside and essentially told me not to worry, we would be all right. Something in her eye made me believe her so we sat, tensely awaiting the bum's rush which to my great relief and joy, never occurred. A wonderful waitress who never rushed us, moved the meal along and was charming and helpful. (btw, we stayed until 8:30 with no problems and the management comped us to one of our 3 bottles of wine which were not inexpensive.)
Finally to the food. It was fabulous. Rarely do 6 folks dine out and all love their meals but it happened here. Based on Hounds recs. one companion had the beef carpaccio which she said was delicious. A couple of us had a special salad of duck confit, greens, dried cherries, and walnuts which was also fab. Lean shredded duck was rich, greens tart, cherries sweet and nuts salty. A little of everything and it worked beautifully. The other appetizer was delicious braised short rib with a sweet, but not cloying, glaze, mabe a little maple syrup plus. It was fork tender and just the right size for an appetizer. Main courses included perfectly cooked scallops, very large, lightly pan fried with just a little corn meal for crispnes. They were served with fennel and a little bit of a cream reduction underneath which was barely there but added a little pizzazz to the dish. Two folks had the "steak special" which was swordfish which looked beautiful but I never got to taste it. However they were both smiling as they ate it. The best dish, however was a special of roasted cod, tomatoes and olives over a few pieces of lobster. The cod was as good as the cod at Pommodoro which is my all time favorite fish dish in Boston. We all had little taste and voted it the mvp dish of the night.
We shared 2 deserts for the table (never rushed!) One was pumpkin bread pudding and the other was an apple cake served with ice cream which looked like bread pudding. Since I am Atkinsing, I only snuck a tiny taste but both were great with the nod going to the apple cake. They also serve espresos and cappucino which were very good. The wine list was eclectic but good and we splurged for a Talley Chardonnay and a Super Tuscan from Campagna which was oh so good on a cold night. Wine was expensive but apps were under ten dollars and entrees ranged from $18- $25 (not too bad for the South End).
Thanks to a great waitress and a talented chef, a potential disaster turned into a great night with smiles all around. (We also showed our gratitude to the waitress in a more pecuniary sense after her deft handling of our situation.)