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Outstanding dinner at Soma in Beverly

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I could not have been more impressed with the dinner we had at Soma on Saturday night. I started with a gratin of roasted vegetables, my husband had the carrot soup. Both were to-die-for delicious. Then I had the short ribs, husband had the rib eye. The ribs were tender and wonderful, and the accompanying mashed potatoes, vegetables, and thin, salty onion rings were great. I didn't try my husband's meal, but he loved it. For dessert, we shared the chocolate ambrosia. This is a cake unlike any I've ever had. Not molten chocolate, but not cake-like either. Sort of like soft fudge that melts in your mouth. Fantastic. It came with creme fraiche ice cream that was fine, but nothing to rave about.

I highly recommend this for folks on the North Shore. Yes, it's more Boston pricing than North Shore (about $120 before tip with 1 cocktail and 1 glass of wine each). And yes, the dining room is loud. They don't have enough sound baffling, and at 7:45 when we arrrived, it was packed and noisy. I recommend going early (they have a prix fix menu for $36 that had some terrific looking stuff on it that's available until 6:30) or late (it was quiet by about 8:30). But it's one of the best meals I've had, including those in Boston. It's clear that Nick Speros (chef) really knows what he's doing. The flavors are top-notch--designed to bring out the best in the food rather than be pretentious—and well worth the price.

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  1. How was the service? On our visits, the food has been great, but the service horrendous . . . either too attentive or totally inattentive.

    1. The service was good. The waitress was friendly, but not overly so. She did ask us if we were ready to order while we were still looking at the menu and hadn't received our cocktails, but that was her only gaff. The rest of the pacing of the meal was right on, and we got just the right amount of attention.