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Rabbit Confit at Vela and excellent meal at Sel de La Terre Natick

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Rabbit Confit at Vela and excellent meal at Sel de La Terre Natick

emilief | Feb 3, 2008 10:47 AM

Vela in Wellesley has changed its menu with the addition of some interesting dishes. The rabbit leg confit with a reduction of autumn vegetables and creamy polenta is excellent. It is a "primi" but enough for a main dish with a salad and a veggie side. The spicy broccolli rabe side is spicy, garlicky and fresh. Really excellent. DC had the pan seared bass- a very generous and tasty portion served over lemon risotto.
Finally tried Sel de la Terre in Natick. A very nice space- attractive and not too noisy. The charcuterie plate was wonderful except for the triangles of very soft bread -impossible to spread anything on it as it was too soft. The complementary french olives served with the bread basket were delicious. Also, the eggplant goat cheese spread with toasted walnuts was addictive. I had the roast suckling pig with pork belly and fingerling potatoes. Very succulent - a very small portion but enough after the charcuterie plate. DC had the haddock with risotto- an extremely small portion - maybe 1/4 the size of the fish portion at Vela- but again, ok with the bread, olives, spread, and a salad. The service was excellent.
When we sat down, we were asked if we wanted "black napkins"- so that the white napkins did not leave lint on our dark clothes!??? That was a first.
The bar looks comfortable and not overly crowded on a saturday night. WE plan to sample many more things at this lovely restaurant.

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