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birthday dinner

robert belson May 25, 2001 12:12 PM

I live in Newburyport, my dad in JP and my daughter in Quincy. Looking for a spot for my birthday dinner, not ultra high end but I hate ordinary food and it can't be noisy (dad wears a hearing aid) plus I want to triangulate in on location. Was hoping to try Perdix, thinking JP is where we should be, but they're closed on Sundays through the summer. Chef there suggested Sel De Terre. That's the right ball park for $ but I've read some mixed notices. What else would you put on the list? Any kind of ethnic would be great. thanks. rmb

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    Joanie RE: robert belson May 25, 2001 04:19 PM

    Had a nice meal at Sel de la Terre, esp. the appetizers, desserts and breads. It's a very nice room too that would suit your father well. Ambrosia is probably more than you want to spend, huh? Maybe the Jae's by Coolidge Corner, that's a nice room and has things besides the usual Asian fare. That's all I'm coming up with for quiet places convenient to JP.


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      robert belson RE: Joanie May 25, 2001 05:29 PM

      On the net, I've read a range of reviews of sel de terre, some of which were fairly negative -- I wonder if the restaurant had a shaky start.

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        Martin RE: robert belson May 26, 2001 07:56 AM

        Sel de la Terre - I have been there twice over the past 9 months and both times it was very mediocre and got expensive very quickly

        Predix - reasonably priced, but right after they opened the food was not very good at all nor was the service

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          robert belson RE: Martin May 26, 2001 11:22 AM

          So do you have any suggestions for me? I can book at Lumiere but it's really more fancy than I want.

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            Joanie RE: robert belson May 29, 2001 07:20 AM

            I think SdlT still might best serve your needs in terms of money and atmosphere. Stick with appetizers and desserts. Perdix is very tiny and wouldn't be real comfortable for older people I don't think. And as I said, the room at Jae's is great. I had a great meal at Lumiere which doesn't seem really fancier than SdlT, unless you're talking in terms of price where it gets a little more expensive but not a ton.


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              robert RE: Joanie May 29, 2001 12:08 PM

              Thanks Joanie -- I booked at Lumiere and will just eat a bit fancier than I'm used to. Too many reports here and elsewhere of mixed blessings at Sel de la Terre. I'll let you know how the meal turned out. rmb

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