Posted: 11/5/2011Provided by Citysearch -
my wife and I dined here again. The main dining room is now more open and bright with the warmth of lots of wood. I believe that the large inlaid ceiling panels are old, very nice. Two sides of the room were lined with this enormous bar which appear to be used for silver service. If the restaurant was busy, that would be a great place to eat as well as to drink. Great ambience, large comfy chairs and good sized table.
We were early so there was no maitre d' or hostess. Service was attentive and good. Became even warmer after we ordered a bottle of wine.
The menu is what I would call modified American with a nouveau touch. Good choice of seafood, steaks and starters. My wife had the daily special swordfish. I hoped for prime rib which they did not have. Decided to try the wiener schnitzel instead. We shared an escargot and house salad. The escargot was in little ceramic cups, very hot overflowing with butter and garlic served with plump chunks of toat also with garlic. It was perfect for soaking up the juice. The salad was fresh consisting of perhaps a dozen large green leaves with 3 sun dried tomatoe pieces and some walnuts. Excellent dressing. Certainly an excellent start.
We both graded the entrees a ""B"". The swordfish was a nice 1"" thick piece, but somewhat overcooked. Good taste though. The schnitzel was served with flat noodles. It was soaking in oil and therefore no longer light. Probably also not pounded very thin. The chef may not have experienced a genuine wiener schnitzel himself.
The wine list is good, with representation from most of the popular international wine regions. It is not an exhaustive list, so the focus is on moderate to medium price labels. I did rediscover a favorite classified bordeaux. They use a wonderful huge decanter, a nice touch. The bottle remainder should be even better tomorrow after it had a chance to open up more.
Overall, this is a good dining experience. Old Boston it is no longer. The entres need improvement although the steaks are probably better. Appetizers are very good.