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Jun 30, 2006 12:09 AM

This is the FINALE countdown

Four more days and the Finale Coolidge Corner opens.

This will be the biggest Finale yet with a surprise room upstairs.

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  1. Meh. I think Finale's desserts look a lot better than they eat (if you'll forgive the Campbell Soup solecism).

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      For sure, although the idea is really great. I wonder how it will fare in Coolidge Corner, because I don't see that as a huge late-night area.

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Right on, Slim. Reminds me of my first and only time at Finale a few years back. A friend and I were taken to the Harvard Sq. branch by other friends who love the place. My (poor) grad student friend and I looked at the menu, gulped/gasped/got very angry and we both ordered watered down coffee drinks (I am still trying to figure out what happened to the alcohol...evaporated in the stratosphere?). We had tastes of the others' desserts. I was stunned at how low in quality and taste they were. Chinatown wasn't the best, but it was good by Brookline standards. Too bad it's being replaced by Finale.

      2. Finale is so lame. Pretty, but flavorless pastries. Blech.

        1. Let's not forget overpriced!

          1. They really miss the mark at Finale. The concept of dessert is a course that is indulgent and somewhat sinful. The decor of Finale does nothing to inject sex and secrecy into what could be a very fun and sensual place. Instead, it feels more like a badly lit Cheesecake fun, no romance.

            It has also been my experience that the staff is a little too interested in giving you a point by point rundown of the restaurant and offerings. On my last visit, after informing the waiter that I had, in fact been there before, he still bounded right into a description of Finale and an itemized list of the menu rather than leaving me and my pleasant company to enjoy (such as we could).

            I have made more than one visit (three to be exact) because I enjoy the IDEA of a space dedicated to dessert. Here's to hoping someone down the line can do a better job.

            PS - Though the offerings just aren't good enough for a place dedicated to dessert, the drink selection is very nice.

            1. Sadly, I'm in agreement with most of what's been written. We were at the Park Plaza location recently and we all thought the same...not really flavorful and way way overpriced. I'm not willing to bet that the new location will stick around long. They really need to concentrate on flavor rather than artwork.