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Solea in Waltham?

newhound Mar 10, 2007 09:13 AM

We've got $100 in gift certificates to Solea. Any advice on what 's worthwhile there?

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    newhound Mar 11, 2007 04:53 AM

    Spent that $100 gift certificate last night. Overall, a decent experience. We had about a dozen different tapas, with only one real standout-- the pork sausage in fig sauce. Very fresh tasting, salty just right to contrast to the sauce. In general, the sweeter fruit sauces were too sweet-- the pork ribs in banana could have been a dessert, and not in a a good way. Grilled calamari had a nice smoky essence but was tougher than it should have been. Lamb chops were nicely grilled but underseasoned, and the tortilla espanol was considerably warmer than room temperature, which is how I understand it is meant to be served. Balsamic reduction sauce on the quail was very nice. Not sure I'd make the trip on my own dime, but we enjoyed it.

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      nincyh Mar 10, 2007 04:26 PM

      Try to go on a warm, sunny spring evening. They have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass front windows and in the nice weather, they slide them open and it's like dining on a patio. (in downtown Waltham...). But the open air, ambiance and sangria do make for a nice experience.

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        BackBayGirl Mar 10, 2007 02:57 PM

        Though I went a year ago, I remember I enjoyed my experience at Solea very much. I would definitely return if in Waltham.

        1. Jpan99 Mar 10, 2007 02:42 PM

          The duck with berry sauce is a must. The mango margarita was boring. Stick to the sangria.

          1. phipsi102 Mar 10, 2007 11:03 AM

            I had an amazing meal at Solea a few weeks ago, after finding that Biagio was not open yet. The Montecillo Gran Reserva Rioja is amazing at under $50 a bottle! I ordered, and loved: the seafood ceviche (all seafood sliced, and so tender that I couldn't tell fish from squid), Plato Mixto (Plate of Ham, Olives, Roasted Red Peppers & Assorted Spanish Cheeses), Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato & Basil, Gambas al Ajillo, Grilled Calamari Drizzled with an Ancho Chile & Lime Infused Olive Oil, Lobster & Crab Ravioli in Langostino Sauce, and the Beef Tenderloin with Spicy Herb Sauce. Service was excellent, experience absolutely everything I could have asked for, and I consider myself a high-standards diner. Enjoy your visit!

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