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first visit to Le Soir

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first visit to Le Soir

MC Slim JB | Sep 5, 2005 11:42 AM

Got to Le Soir for the first time ever (it's been open for nearly four years?!), handily located down the block from the D train's Newton Highlands stop. Two small dining rooms, sparely decorated. Found the food to be very, very good, an attractive merging of rustic sensiblities and refined presentation.

An excellent cold corn puree soup with a substantial island of tuna tartare and wisps of fried onions, an unseemly combination that worked well. Seasonal-peak heirloom tomatoes in a towering presenation with three juicy little pickled shrimps. A gorgeous double-thick pork chop made memorable by a ratatouile-like sauce. A really outstanding rabbit a la Provencal, redolent of fresh herbs.

Wine list had a disappointing tilt toward Napa, not nearly enough French offerings, and far too few bottles under $60. We found an ordinary but serviceable Bordeaux for $40, decent enough. With most entrees in the mid to high twenties, this is not a cheap meal, but I felt it was a fair value.

Our server was competent, but young and not quite as polished as I might expect at this price point. Regardless, the experience exceeded my expectations for a place this far out of town. I'll return.

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