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Sophia's - Boylston St., Boston

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Sophia's - Boylston St., Boston

Bill | Jun 25, 2004 03:50 PM

My wife and I went to Sophia's last night, in part motivated by the Alison Arnett review in the Globe last week (6/17), along with recommendations from others.

Quick net: fabulous!

We arrived at 7:30 (parked on street, right in front! Note - it's a stone's throw from Fenway Park, so check the Sox schedule before going). They were not busy at all, so the staff was very attentive when we walked in, describing the various activity on the 3 floors.

We started on the rooftop deck with a pitcher of Sangria ... it was expensive ($26), but very good - we fell into some colorful adirondack chairs and just enjoyed a perfect evening outdoors - almost every seat was occupied, plus people milling around and chatting - very comfortable setting. There were a few free apps (self-serve): what looked like hummus but turned out to be garlicy mashed potatoes (lousy), a GREAT eggplant spread with hunks of very good bread, and marinated shrimp with a nice sauce on the side. The shrimp was outstanding.

We then went back to the first floor for dinner: tapas-style (small plates), with a great selection. Before ordering the chef sent out a complimentary leak/coconut dish that was really good. We had a total of 6 of the small plates: A Colombian salad with beets and a sugar-cane vinagraitte - excellent. Tacos (she had pork, I had shrimp & calamari). Mine was great, and I never got to taste hers because she inhaled it (but she loved it). A Columbia chicken soup was excellent. Grilled pork tenderloin with jalepeno relish - perfect. And I think the last dish was Talapia - once again, I never got a taste. A couple of the Mojitos that Alison raved about lived up to expectations.

After the meal, we went to the 2nd floor for a Salsa dance lesson. Apparently a standing Thursday night thing - lots of fun.

All in all, great food, great drinks, friendly attentive staff, music, dancing ... a perfect anniversary celebration. This will be tough to top next year.

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