I visited Somerville for the night on Saturday. Went to Diva with 4 friends for a late-ish dinner on Saturday. Wait for a table wasn't too bad at 8:30, I hadn't been to Diva for dinner in a LONG time. We ordered things planning to share, although I guess we didn't make that clear to the servers, since they didn't expect this. Food itself was quite good. Aloo naan was spicy, very good. Appetizer sampler was fine, mostly fried stuff, nothing too exciting, although the samosa was nice. Special calamari appetizer wasn't too great, batter reminded me too much of onion ring batter, but the squid was cooked just right. One friend ordered a salad special (chaat served inside a fried bread, with lots of vegetables). This tasted pretty good and looked nice too. Three main dishes were: chicken tikka masala, shahi navratan korma and aloo palak. All three were very good. Service was a bit off I thought. Instead of bringing out a complimentary appetizer for all 5 of us, they brought out 4 (one chicken, 3 vegetarian). Plates were a problem throughout the meal (there were always too few or too many on the table, and the 3 main dishes were served on huge square plates, with small portions of rice and raita. Not the best set up for sharing. We had to ask for extra plates for the appetizer course AND for the main dishes). They also kept taking things away before we were done eating them, as if they were trying to rush us. I don't think they were though, since by that point there was no one waiting for a table. Despite service issues we had a good meal.
Midday today I went with 2 of the same friends to Neighborhood Restaurant in Union Sq. for brunch. The wait for a table wasn't too bad at 11:45, maybe 15 mins or so. The outdoor patio was beautiful, the grape vines smelled amazing since the grapes are all ripe (they tasted good too). Service was slow but friendly, I had eggs, toast, homefries, linguica and fried bananas. All very nice. Cornbread was really good. Homefries had good flavor, not too mushy but not too crispy either. Friend's crepe with berry compote was excellent. All meals come with small OJ, coffee or tea, and a choice of cream of wheat or fresh fruit. I had fresh fruit (cantelope and honey dew) but one friend had the cream of wheat. I don't even like cream of wheat and I liked this stuff! Very sweet and buttery, with plenty of cinnamon. Definitely worth a try! I would still like to try this place for dinner sometime soon.
Finished off trip to Boston with a visit to Infusions Tea Spa. Well worth the 20 min detour into Allston.
46 Elm St (Davis Sq.)
25 Bow St. (Union Sq.)
Infusions Tea Spa
110 Brighton Ave