Dalyas in Bedford
My dad, for his 60th birthday, picked the place based on Zagat reviews. I did not have high hopes until I read some good reviews myself on chow. So, being a rainy night, the fireplaced room ( even though it was gas) was very nice. Our waiter was fairly attentive, although we had to search him out once or twice. The wine list was pretty good for a place in the burbs..although we chose a 2004 bottle of Shiraz ( $22) which ended up being 2005..it was still good for the price. The menu is varied: Steak, duck, fish, pasta, but not too eclectic that the older set might be turned off. There are some items ( pate', escargos) that you might not find on menus outside of the city.
The food was excellent. There is a prix fixe menu, which I chose, thinking portion sizes were smaller. They weren't and were quite large, in fact. I started with the crab cake, which was buttery and flavorful, served with a sauce reminiscent of thousand isle dressing (skip it). Main course was sirloin in a bordelaise sauce (very good) and dessert was bananas foster bread pudding with chocolate icecream from 'next door' bedford Farms icecream..decadent. My dinner was the least tasty of all though. My family ordered: Ceasar Salad ( large and crisp, with anchovies offered on the side), Mediterranean Pot Roast: Delicious, moist beef infused with flavors of roasted vegetables (fennel I think), served with feta mashed and lots of roasted baby vegetables. Salmon: served on cake of sticky rice, infused with flavor of kaffir lime, seared to perfection..my favorite dish. and the Swordfish special: Very thick chunk of mildly flavored ( not fishy) swordfish topped with crabmeat...but the best thing was the lobster ravioli served with it...homemade and huge, in a simple butter sauce. Dessert was good..the icecream is decadent. My mom had a light lemon mousse topped with a sweet-tart fresh berry sauce...very good. Even the coffee was good. With the bottle of wine & 2 beers ( limited selection), dinner was $190 for 4 people. What you'd pay in town but without the bother of traffic and parking is free. It is also adjacent to the Minuteman Bike trail if you feel like commuting that way ( no dress code) and working off your meal after. I would highly recommend this for taking parents ( and others) out for a 'special' dinner. Reservations are recommended unless you go during the week (as we did) as the dining room is pretty small.