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weekend eating

Joanie | Dec 23, 2002 06:47 AM

Sat. a friend and I started at the Masa bar (in the south end) with "masaritas" and an appetizer of scallops and bbq duck. Not sure what made them combine these two items, but the scallops were perfectly seared sea scallops and the bbq duck was very tasty. Came with a little bit of creamed corn, they brought us a nice basket of bread on request, probably could have stopped there. This is a nice room with a reasonably priced menu (apps $7-12, entrees $18-24), why isn't it more crowded? We then went to Truc which I'd never been to (was last there 10 years ago when it was Azita I think). We had a wonderful meal, my friend had the bacon wrapped lobster stuffed monkfish and I had the double thick pork chop with spaetzel. Lordy was that a nice cut of meat, very tender without being pink, the spaetzel was a little browned, nice spiced pears and there was a a tiny bit of spinach in there. The monkfish came with a parsnip puree, no non-starch veggies (would it kill them to throw something on there?). Dessert would have left me feeling like a stuffed pig so besides glasses of white wine and the bread, that was all I can report on, but it was very good. Small room, decent service, no scene, just a very nice meal.

Gourmet India in Coolidge Corner has dosas on the weekend so I figured I'd try one, had only ever had a bite of someoe else's. The masala dosa is stuffed with potato, corn, a few other veggies and the crepe hangs over the plate. I thought I'd bring half home but ended up eating the whole thing. It's served with a side of a mint like spread and a bowl of thick sauce. Not knowledgeable on the ins and outs of Indian cooking but it hit the spot for $4.99. That's probably the nicest "fast food" place in town.

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