I had been curious to try this place after reading so many reviews with very different things to say. I was perusing their menu online when I realized that they offer a Sunday night prix fixe of 3 courses for $32. This past weekend seemed like a good time for it so we made 8:30 reservations. Actually ended up getting there about 15 minutes early [found free parking in a lot on the other side of Mass Ave...very nice], and were welcomed warmly and seated right away. The restaurant was not full, but pretty close to it, although the bar area was nearly empty.
They brought us water right away, and bread and butter...wow, was that bread good. Nothing fancy, just delicious bread with a chewy crust. Wonder where it came from as I'd love to have it at home. For an appetizer, I ordered Potato gnocchi with ramps, green garlic, fava beans and piave cheese. This was soooo delicious. Quite rich, but the portion wasn't huge so that was fine, and I enjoyed every morsel, and then used the bread to mop up my plate! DC ordered the Hot salted shrimp with lime, cilantro and chili oil. The shrimp arrived whole, heads and all, which she wasn't expecting [although I think it's traditional for the dish], and for some reason the shells were kind of hard to get off. She ended up with very messy hands, which isn't as fun at a nice restaurant as it is at a clam shack! But once she had them peeled, she really enjoyed the flavor, as well as that of the little salad that came with it...some greens with bits of oranges.
For an entree, I had Lamb Frites: roast leg of lamb with green garlic butter and French fries. The lamb was medium rare, a bit pinker than I prefer it [I wasn't asked how I wanted it], but delicious, and that green garlic butter was killer. Very nice fries also. DC had Haddock, halibut and littlenecks simmered in a salt cod, potato, and escarole stew. She loved this. It wasn't thick like a usual stew, so it was actually a fairly light dish, although the portion was very big. We finished with one order of the warm chocolate cake and one order of the lemon-buttermilk pudding with huckleberry sauce. The chocolate cake was great and the pudding [more like a cake on top, more pudding-y underneath] was stellar. During our meal we also had a carafe of the red wine special, which for those of you who are interested was St. Michael-Eppan Alto Aldige, Italy [Lagrein] '03. Medium-bodied and very nice with our food.
Service was good, I thought. Nothing that jumped out at me one way or another...very competent and pleasant. Our bill came to $84 before tip and including wine...a very good deal for that meal, I thought. Will definitely go back!