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another plug for Scutra, Arlington

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another plug for Scutra, Arlington

yumyum | Jun 24, 2005 12:08 PM

I finally managed to get over to this small Belgian-French restaurant last night and I was very very impressed. As other posters have mentioned, it's a bit off the beaten path but well-worth seeking out as it's extremely good value for money.

Soft shell crab appetizer was a special. And special it was. Of the sauteed variety with lots of garlic, lemon, capers and some red pepper strips and nestled into its bed of celeriac julienne. I mopped up the tangy sauce with their excellent bread. My friend ordered the gazpacho which was almost too pretty to eat. But not quite. Pureed, not chunky, with a large grilled crouton and some basil oil decorating the top. A lovely light starter.

We both had the skate wing with scallop entree. Skate was off the bone but managed to retain its moistness -- cooked perfectly in my book, not underdone or gelatinous. Two large scallops were a second more than perfectly cooked, which was a shame, but the only shame and not a biggie. Served over a bed of swiss chard and wild rice and napped with a very light beurre blanc. Absolutely delicious and again calling for bread to mop up the juices.

My friend needed dessert and chose a layered creation with ganache, light spongey cake and more ganache. I didn't try it but she was in swoon mode and almost licked the plate.

All this with a couple of glasses of Australian shiraz came to $85 before tip -- really reasonable I'd say. I'll need to return to check the non-fish dishes (chef had a lot of seafood specials last night including pan-seared red snapper and a sesame crusted swordfish that I saw and that looked great) but after my first visit I'm really excited to go back soon.

Scutra
92 Summer Street
Arlington MA

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