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A weekend of food

gini | Oct 17, 2005 11:32 AM

Started off Thursday night by breaking fast at Namaskar in Davis Square. I was looking to do a cold breakfast, but decided I needed something warm in my stomach. We ordered the lamb sausages and veggies korma as well as naan. Everything was wonderful, although the lamb sausages look like dog excrements. The accompaning rice had almonds in it which was a tasty surprise. Excellent service and yummy food as usual.

On Friday we grabbed appetizers at the bar at Eastern Standard before going to a concert on Landsdown Street. The offal plate was awful. All three offerings had no flavor and were dry and hard to cut - in fact one of my pieces flew off the board onto the ground! My date was convinced that our side of french fries came from McDonalds. I'm not sure if I would go that far, but they were certainly far too salty. The highlight of the meal was the fried calamari plate. The calamari were battered lightly and accompanied by fried hot peppers. My sweetie thought the mayonnaise dipping sauce overwhelmed the calamari, but otherwise - a good bar dish. My only complaint about the actual restaurant was the techno music blaring at 7pm. Was I eating dinner or out for a night at the Roxbury? I couldn't decide!

Saturday brought brunch at Soleil Cafe in Teele Square. I'm a big fan of their brunch and think that they do a very nice smoked salmon plate. I would recommend that they hire a few more staff folks though as it took them 20 minutes to toast my bagel and put some lox on a plate (the cafe had 3 tables full at the time). Later that night, we tried dinner at Rudy's in Teele with a group of 10 (not my choice, trust me). I have to say the service was fine and food is average tex-mex - nothing to write home about. However, their prickly pear margarita was quite tasty.

Sunday brunch was had at Cambridge Common, again with a group of 8. Our waitress was wonderful and quite funny too. I was excited about the basket of tater tots on the menu, but instead went with the California Benedict - eggs benedicts with smoked turkey, avocado and tomato. The eggs were poached very well, but unfourtunately there was some shell in the dish. CRUNCH:)! The hollandaise sauce was fine - even a little spicey, which took my by surprise. Everyone seemed satisfied yet not wowed.

It was a long, cold, rainy weekend, with a food score of 6 (out of 10). Yay for sunshine!

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