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Terrible First Time at Figs, Terrific 5th time at Blue Ginger


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Terrible First Time at Figs, Terrific 5th time at Blue Ginger

JBJM | Oct 30, 2005 10:23 PM

We supped for the first time at Figs in Wellesley tonight and boy were we disappointed. Terrible service, borderline rude hostess, mediocre food. We started with the ceasar salad (overdressed and limp), RI calamari (what, are they afraid of salt?) and the antipasto. The higlinght of the antipasto was a light and flavorful carrot hummus, the other components were just okay. Two pizzas followed, both good but not warranting their 17-18$ price tags. All in all we could have gone next door to Bertuccis and faired just as well without the Todd English designer price tag. I'll stick to my favorite north end haunts from now on. Chime in if you've had a better experience. maybe this was an (extremely) off night? Is this par for the course at the other Figs outposts?

On a brighter note, we went to Blue Ginger for a birthday last week. We'd stayed away for a while because the fare and service seemed to be going down hill but if this last meal is any indication they are back with a vengance. Calamari with Thai dippng sauce (a standby for me) was done to a turn. I could have stopped with that and been happy. Husband got an appetizer special of Shrimp and chips which was also fabulous. He followed with the Long Island Duck which he said was phenomenal (I couldn't taste it as I have to have meat cooked through until the baby comes), My main course was the 3-vinegar shrimp. Perfectly cooked jumbo shrimp atop a bed of mashed potatoes, topped with a spicy asparagus salad and bathed in a complex spicy-tart-sweet sauce that included pear tomatoes and fresh hearts of palm. This was my first time tasting fresh hearts of palm and it completely changed my opinion of the ingredient. It bears no resemblence to its tinny, bland counterpart from a can. We ended with the sesame/pecan tart topped with roasted banana ice cream and chocolate and caramel sauces. Divine.

Perhaps Todd English would do well do slow down the openings and TV appearances as has Ming Tsai and do a little QC instead.

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