We ate at Scutra in Arlington for the first time last night and it has to be one of the best value fine dining experiences around.
They start the table with very good warm bread and an olive/pine nut dip/spread.
We had, respectively:
Mini peppers/tomato stuffed with salmon mouse, with some kind of balsamic sauce and watercress.
Mussells with parmesan and herb butter. Fabulous dipping material for bread once the mussles were gone.
Halibut on a potato pancake with bok choy in ginger butter sauce. A symphony of flavor with perfect seasoning at perfect temperature.
Marinated cornish hen over beans. That description doesn't do it justice. Thought it was wonderful even though I'm not a huge fan of beans.
Tiramisu and fruit mousse cake, both excellent.
Everything was presented beautifully and service was attentive without being overbearing. Entrees under $20 and starters under $7. An amazing value compared to similar suburban places like Lumiere in Newton.
Atmosphere could be a little nicer with candles on the tables and if some of the other patrons had been dressed a bit more nicely (casual, fine, but a couple of folks were downright grubby looking). Obviously not the restaurant's fault but rather a commentary on suburban living on a muggy August night. C'mon folks, this is special occasion food, albeit at almost everyday prices.