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True Bistro - a few bites

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True Bistro - a few bites

Science Chick | May 27, 2011 10:00 AM

My SO and I, both vegetarians, headed over to True Bistro last night for a nice anniversary dinner. Overall it was quite good, and certainly a stand out in the meager Boston vegetarian dining scene. The ambience is lovely, with white tablecloths, candles and understated but warm decor. We started with glasses of white wine (Pinot Grigio for him, Sav. Blanc -[Chilean] for me). Both were surprisingly good at an $8/glass price point---my Sav. Blanc had wonderful fruity notes. We shared a farro/fava bean/arugula salad to start. Nice individual grains perfectly cooked and lightly dressed, with an intense balsamic reduction along the plate. We then shared the house-made fries with porcini-oil and fleur de sel. A bit heavy on the salt, but these were first rate fries. Some of the best I've had in the area. Crisp, not greasy at all, perfectly sized. We shamelessly devoured these. For an entree we shared the Seitan piccatta on garlic mash. This is where the meal suffered a bit. I've had many wonderful preparations of Seitan (e.g.Masao's kitchen, Zen Palate in NYC), but this one missed the mark. A dense slab was presented, rather than nice thin medallions as one would expect for a piccatta presentation. The sauce lacked much flavor, and was overpowered by a weird aftertaste in the seitan. Just not good. For dessert we shared a death-by-chocolate cake which rocked......mousse like and dense at the same time. Very satisfying!

All in all very good, and I would return to give other entrees a try. Nice place for a relaxing, intimate veg dinner and as an alternative to ethnic veg (or Red Lentil/Pulse Cafe casual spots). Total with wine, dessert, tax and tip came to $68 (Keep in mind we shared a salad, side and entree).

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