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Sonsie was great


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Sonsie was great

Joanie | May 6, 2005 07:46 AM

I know Sonsie (on Newbury St. by Mass Ave.) gets a hard time from many people here but I've always liked it and thought it was good food for a pretty good value. Yes there are people there who think they're the coolest thing since whatever, but that's part of the fun for me. Went last nite for the first time in two years (7th time overall, my most visited restaurant I think) and the staff gave a very pleasant greeting. And tried to accommodate my request for one of the tables for 2 at either end of the wall which would have worked if these two women hadn't sat around for ages after paying the bill, we got tired of waiting (and one was hugely pregnant so we cut them some slack). My friend loved his dirty martini and my girly martini was pretty tasty (with vodka, midori & pineapple juice, both about $11). I've always liked their pizza and we split a smoked bacon/ricotta/spring onion one that was fabuous ($10.50), lots of carbs on top of the good bread and oily bean dip. I had duck last time and it wasn't great but went with it again and it was wonderful, nicely crisped leg, good slices of med. rare breast, tasty greens and brussel sprout looking things but I'm not sure that's what they were, and quinoa which isn't my favorite. I didn't really dip into the rhubarb sauce too much cuz it clashed with the wine but a great dish as was my friend's basic herbed chicken with grilled vidalia onion and creamy potatoes. Entrees run $17-23 except for the typically higher lamb and steak dishes, that's a good deal for a full plate of food. It's nice when you don't get a spoonful of sides or are forced to order them. We did order one side dish tho (again well priced at $4 and 5), wood smoked onion rings. These were big nicely fried rings but I think the smoke flavor took away from the good fry job. And I noticed the smoke smell was a little pervasive in the restaurant and on my clothes when I got home, so that was a bit of a drag. Not a drag was the dessert list where everything sounded good but we went with the long time favorite of warm chocolate bread pudding w/ vanilla whipped cream ($8). Amazing. I feel like I have to go back and try the rhubarb crumble pie w/ sour cream ice cream tho. Good service, glasses constantly refilled, fun waiter (altho he tried telling me my cheaper choice of pinot grigio was a little sweet and this was so dry it almost had no taste). The place is definitely loud, more so with people cheering the Celtics at the bar, and the space is a little crowded, but if you're in the mood for that kind of boisterous scene, I'll recommend it every time. Menu link below altho it's one of those annoying ones with no prices. Ours came to $96.50 before tax & tip.

I taped the Chronicle show about new restaurants last nite altho most of them have been discussed here and reviewed a lot.


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