First, thank you to all who replied to my original questions regarding Matyson, BYOB, Reading Terminal Market, etc. The suggestions you gave us were spot on, and we had a wonderful whirlwind trip to your lovely city!
I wish that Boston had BYOB restaurants like yours. We had an A+ time for our anniversary dinner at Matyson. We brought a special bottle of Pinot Noir (a Chairman's Selection), and just like you said, the staff is very professional and so nice about uncorking, pouring, etc. I think that added an excitement to our evening, since BYOB in Boston is illegal, and if there are any small places (usually small ethnic places that just sell non-alcoholic) that turn a blind eye, your BYOB really must be 'snuck' and kept hidden in the bag. It was very fun to look around and see what others at the restaurant had brought for their wines.
The minute we arrived, the front staff were welcoming and professional, and we were brought to one of the tables along the wall. While the seating was a bit close to other parties, we did not feel like we were intruding on them, or intruded upon. The ambience of the dining room is inviting.
Our server was very professional and attentive but not overly so, and was very knowledeable about the menu and answered any questions we had.
For our appetizers we got the fried oysters and the fois gras. The oysters were plump, crunchy, and not greasy at all. They came on a nice bed of greens, along with julienned celery root. I liked all the textures and flavor combinations. The fois gras was perfectly seared and was very rich - my husband loved it. So much that I only got a small taste of it!!
The timing between the apps and the entrees was really great - we had time in between to digest, sip our wine, but didn't wait overly long. I thought it was very nice and we felt relaxed and not hurried.
Main courses. Husband had the seared scallops with the creamy corn/fava beans. The scallops were cooked to perfection, and super sweet and tender. He let me have one taste, then declared that he was not going to share the rest! I had the black sea bass. On the menu it was listed as snapper, but they had subbed in the sea bass. I thought the bass was really amazing -it was very fresh and had a nice crispiness to it from the sautee, but was perfectly done - moist and not dried out. A really nice texture, and the avocado/seafood salad it came with was so delicious.
We split the dessert special - a fresh fruit crisp, that was hot from the oven and came with some lovely ice cream. The crisp topping was perfectly nutty/sweet (but not too sweet) and crunchy. Coffee was deliciously strong but not acidic or burnt.
Other noshing around town...at the Reading Terminal Market we took the suggestion of having the roast pork sandwich from DiNic's - Wow - I wish we had a place like that in Boston! I had the suggested roast pork/greens/sharp provolone sandwich - husband got the Italian pulled pork. Who would have thought the combination of pork/greens/cheese would be so delicious?! We took them to the beer garden in the RTM and had cold beers with our sandwiches.
We very much enjoyed playing tourist, seeing the sights. We did not have a chance to get to the Italian Market (waa!) but it will be an excuse to come back and do more touring, eating and drinking!
Thank you again for your suggestions and advice!