Ended up at Color in Allston Wed. nite and had decent Korean. I only know slightly more about Korean food than my friend but we thought it was decent. The six sides all seemed fine, scallion/seafood pancake ($6) had a good crispness. Was looking for some veggies so we nixed the fried chicken suggestion for stir fried pork w/ veggies. Unfortunately, no veggies showed up on the plate besides some onions. And the dish was pretty dry, no extra sauce, so not the best choice. The eel w/ rice was better. Had a very sweet waitress, came to $26 before tax & tip. The new place next door is a little more expensive and has a little more ambiance. Wasted some time at Herrell's with a kiddie dish of espresso which is great but Herrell's ice cream has an odd consistency to me, it's almost rubbery and when you spoon into it, the ice cream stays connected to the scoop forever. Walked all around Allston checking out possible eating spots. The new Latino place I mentioned still says "coming soon", but there are stools in plastic ready to go. Sumi was very quiet, burrito place was bustling, Aneka Rasa was busier than usual, a new BBQ place will be opening where the convenience store on Harvard Ave. was located, so many well-priced places to eat around there.
Where it took 35 min for the Color dinner, it was more like 2 hr 35 min for a belated b-day dinner at Radius last nite. I think they could step up the pace of taking drink orders, giving menus, doling out rolls, etc. (altho things seemed to go even slower for us than those on our other side). I thought about sitting at the bar which probably would have been quicker (and we could have hobnobbed with Peter Wolfe) but the dining room looked more comfortable. I had a pear martini and my friend had the pop rocks which made all sorts of noise when it came. The menu finally arrived, he probably had some sticker shock. Our waiter was nice but very formal and no fun at all. We split the rabbit roulade (which took a while itself) wrapped in bacon (surprisingly not listed in the description) then went on to scallops with some more bacon and black sea bass w/ rock shrimp. Both were very good, esp. those big glorious scallops (altho I think I tasted a little grit on the one I tried). Not much in the way of sides, some fancy mushrooms on my plate, greens on his. Dessert was the plate of cookies, 2 each of molasses, choc. chip and a cranberry nut maybe. The first two were the best. We were quite full but not overly so when we left, $139 w/ tax. Some people from Ohio were next to us on a recommendation, hopefully they thought it was worth it (esp. since I doubt they'll be seeing the Sox as planned tonite).