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Anyone know anything about this place (across the way from the Blue Room)? Walked in there today while I was killing some time before the Sox game tonight. Dark furnishings backlit with cheesy lights. Perused the menu - best described as "New American?"

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  1. I wanted to post about this last week... but could not remember the name. I went in before meeting some friends on the Cambridge Brewing Company patio. at 7:30 on a Friday it was empty. It appeared they were going for the nightclub thing.

    1. Where, exactly, is this space? Tommy Doyle's? Or across the courtyard in the same complex as
      Pompanousec Mills?
      Thanks.

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      1. re: garlic breath

        I'm guessing this is the former Sammy's Deli (a not-terrible MA stab at Jewish deli, though their outdoor grilled stuff was pretty bad). I believe this later became some really awful pseudo-deli called Zots or something. It's a basement-level indoor space and a fair amount of ground-level patio space.

      2. Shine has an outdoor cafe and downstairs a restaurant on the same side, but far end of Pompanousec Mills. They describe the food as sensual cuisine and I believe just this week have opened up their restaurant in the evening for dinner.

        I have only had take away from the outdoor cafe, but so far it has been fantastic.

        1. I have gotten take out lunch from them twice. The first was the taco sampler (fish,cubano pork, lime chicken, roast vegetables, and steak) All the tacos were really good. They were served with the lettuce and tomato sort of on the side which I thought was a little annoying to put together, but it made for a nice presentation.

          I just had a the roast chicken and bacon panini. This was also very good. The high point was not so much the sandwich as much as the homemade potato chips.

          1. What are the prices like here at lunch? And does anyone have a website link?

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            1. re: Jesseve

              http://www.shinerestaurant.com/

              The menu looks interesting

              1. re: yankeebbq

                Oooh, you can play "find the aphrodisiac"

            2. I don't think this place will survive long. It seems they are spending a lot of money on everything but the food(fancy packaging, neon lights, black outfits).

              As far as the food goes, the $10.00 cuban I had was nowhere close to Chez Henri.

              You are much better off walking 100feet over to Emma's for a Chicken Pagnotelle or getting something from Blue Room!

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              1. re: bbqisgood

                I'm with you on better alternatives in that area. I had lunch there about 2 weeks ago and refuse to go back. Waited 25-30 minutes, all the while being smoked while waiting for my order. Whoever designed that outdoor portion did not do a good job with proper ventilation.

                That outdoor lunch set-up just cannot handle the volume (takeout plus serve all those sitting at the outdoor seating area). If only they were a little more organized, I would give them another shot, because the fish tacos themselves were tasty (albeit tiny for the pricey - 3 small pieces of fish wrapped in about 1/3rd of a soft taco each). I only got lettuce on the side, possibly because in their quick rush to get me my order after they clearly lost it, I just got whatever they could slam into the box.

              2. Stopped by today at lunch just to check out the menus. They had a pretty extensive specialty cocktail menu. I'm guessing they are shooting to be the place to go for a drink before a movie at the Kendall Square Cinema.

                1. Sniffed by this place today while in the area to try Anise (great, by the way, and doing good business for a Monday lunch).

                  What's the scoop on the take-away panini? The food sure smelled good (but really anything on an outdoor grill this time of year is bittersweet). They have a big burger on the menu and the guy was nice and friendly -- mentioned Sunday brunch too. It felt like he was trying to drum up business, but wasn't overly pushy.

                  Anyone tried the pulled pork cubano? Must I take one for the team?

                  1. I heard the chef left. Looks like fine dining chefs and night clubs don't mix,(hint) Mantra,Saint,Epiphany,etc...

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                    1. re: bernaise101

                      hi - I'm glad you posted about the chef because I was confused - I walked in Thursday evening and to my disappointment, the menu was nothing like www.shinerestaurant.com - more bar-ish.

                      I came across www.shinecambridge.com - that must be their new site. Definitely focusing on the club scene now. All in all I'm not impressed and agree that it may not last very long.

                      (this is also my first post on Chowhound - very exciting!)

                    2. Thanks for the up to date info - and welcome to the board!

                      1. Shine main business is a nightclub - it currently is the leading Friday night gay spot in Boston/Cambridge.

                        1. I just read an article in the Cambridge Chronicle regarding Shine. It seems that after the shooting there in December that there are plenty of restaurant owners and managers as well as the police that would like to see their liquor license revoked. They have to go in front of the License Commission next Tuesday to find out the fate. I can't say that I would hate to see it go. I don't think it adds anything to the neighborhood...other than the excitement of an occasional gunfight!

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                          1. re: JWR

                            a shooting outside Shine? never heard about it! crazy.