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Chickpea Jul 11, 2002 03:09 PM

Curious to know what people think of this little place in Watertown Square.

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    C. Simon RE: Chickpea Jul 11, 2002 04:36 PM

    I like it. See the thread below.

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      Limster RE: Chickpea Jul 11, 2002 04:57 PM

      I ate there last October and second C. Simon's opinion. It was very good food, very slighhtly fancier than basic homecooking but still possessing plenty of heartiness and generousity. The prices were reasonable. They offer a number of South American vintages. Also loved the thick gorgeous texture of their flan.

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        C. Simon RE: Limster Jul 11, 2002 05:05 PM

        I second (third?) the flan vote. Having been disappointed by the simple dish many times before, I didn't know I liked flan until I ate at La Casa de Pedro. It had the wonderfully thick consistency of the filling of a great Pasteis de Nata, like the one at Atasca.

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          Limster RE: C. Simon Jul 11, 2002 05:28 PM

          I think it's third, but I was seconding your opinion on the flan from your link...gets complicated... *grin*

          It actually reminded me of a pudim flan I had in Funchal on Madeira island, a hearty rich specimen, quite unlike the weak, wobbly (dare I say "sissy"?!) versions I've had many other times.

          Speaking of which, what's a good place to score Portugese pastries around here?

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            C. Fox RE: Limster Jul 11, 2002 05:48 PM

            Casal Bakery on Cambridge St. in East Cambridge.

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              C. Simon RE: C. Fox Jul 11, 2002 06:19 PM

              Maybe O'Cantinho (Atasca's little sibling) near Inman Square? It's more of a cafe that a patisserrie, but if their pastries are as good as their sandwiches and octopus stew, they'll be delightful.

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                Limster RE: C. Simon Jul 11, 2002 11:28 PM

                Thank you -- will try them out, hopefully soon!

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                  galleygirl RE: C. Simon Jul 12, 2002 12:25 AM

                  O'Cantinho is a whole different place now...It's gone upscale and white tablecloth..No more octopus stew, and no more sandwiches...

                  They went thru a wholesale change about 8 months ago..

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                    C. Simon RE: galleygirl Jul 12, 2002 07:03 AM

                    Happily, I heard that about a month or two ago, they gave up that version, and went back to the original cafe!

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                      galleygirl RE: C. Simon Jul 12, 2002 09:44 AM

                      Hooray!

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                        C. Simon RE: galleygirl Jul 12, 2002 09:47 AM

                        I haven't been to see for myself, yet. But, I heard that the new formula didn't work, so they went back to the original. This will be a good excuse to go find out . . .

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                    C. Fox RE: C. Simon Jul 12, 2002 11:51 AM

                    Or you could do the day trip to Provincetown and visit the Portuguese Bakery on Commercial St.

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                    Chris VR RE: C. Fox Jul 12, 2002 10:17 AM

                    I passed by there last week and there was a big "For Lease" sign on the window. Not sure if Casal is gone for good or just moved elsewhere.

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