We have tried three new (new to us) restaurants the last three weekends.
Jae's Grill, Brookline - Absolutely wonderful cocktails (the "Luxury" Cosmopolitan and the "Luxury" Apple Martini). Great dishes as well - husband had Korean beef dish, I had scallop and shrimp dish. Service was wonderful.
Blue Room, Cambridge - What exactly is all the fuss about? This was by far the least impressive of the three. We had a seared scallop appetizer, truly forgettable Cosmopolitan, husband got the Rosemary Chicken and I don't even recall what I had! Service was good, though.
EVOO, Somerville - This one is a WOW. Really great cocktails (another Cosmopolitan and an EVOO specialty called a "Citrus Drop" - both were fantastic). Excellent appetizer of three different type spring rolls with 2 really good dipping sauces. Husband had the Duck Duck Goose, which he raved about. I had the Chinese Box, which is a layered dish, served inside of a Chinese takeout box turned upside down on the plate. When the waiter served it, he pulled the box off to reveal shrimp on top, a salad with cashews for the second layer, third layer of pulled braised beef, and bottom layer of rice. Wonderful!! We could not choose a dessert so gave him three we liked and asked him to pick one for us to share. He chose the chocolate and butterscotch creme brulee, which was very good.
Will definitely be returning to both Jae's and EVOO.
Cathy in Boston