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cseshag | Apr 20, 2013 07:52 PM

Just had dinner at Westbridge this evening with my wife, and I am curious to know if other Chowhounder's have been as completely underwhelmed as we were.

We started with the much ballyhooed Egg in a Jar and an order of the Lamb with Fava. The Egg in a Jar was pretty good, but didn't even come close to living up to the hype. The egg itself was very well cooked, but lacked flavor (perhaps some salt would have helped), and the puree was fine, but didn't seem like anything to generate the amount of buzz I have heard about this dish. The lamb with fava was quite nice (and my favorite thing we ordered).

After this, we ordered a couple more small plates - the octopus and the burgundy snails. And we also ordered the Venison with plans to share all the dishes. Consistent with the Egg in a jar, I think everything was quite well prepared, but the flavors (or lack thereof), just didn't impress or add much to the meal.

The octopus was nice and tender (not rubbery), but as a dish, none of the components (fennel, chorizo, and farro) seemed to complement each other in any meaningful way. It was like a dish of random components that sounded good, but really didn't work together well at all. Same for the burgundy snails. I've had escargot several times, and this was probably the least memorable.

Finally, the venison was very nicely cooked and had a slightly smoky quality about it that was nice, but it was on a bed of grains that were very sweet and had an almost maple syrup-like quality that just didn't work for us.

The service was very nice, and the atmosphere was pleasant, and very Kendall Square appropriate. However, given the price point, I just felt totally underwhelmed and slightly robbed by the end of the evening.

Given the proximity to Hungry Mother, Oleana, and Puritan & Co, I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would choose to go here and spend this kind of money, when for similar (and sometimes lower) prices, you could get a truly inspiring meal at any of the aforementioned restaurants.

I apologize for the negative rant, but in all honesty, after reading a lot of praise of Westbridge, I just left the meal feeling underwhelmed by the flavors and balance in the dishes and somewhat cheated by the price point of the restaurant.

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