Con Sol: a hidden gem (Portuguese)
I visited Con Sol last night with a group of four and we had a most satisfying meal at ~$20/pax. The menu is here is Iberian, with a mix of Spanish and Portuguese tapas (small plates) and platos (entrees). We were starving and ordered 6 tapas and 3 entrees to share. Stand outs include the garlic tomato broth (w/ a poached egg), braised beef ribs, clams in a spicy tomato sauce and the shrimp entree. The paella (seafood and chicken) was better than other renditions in my recent memory. The octopus and salted cod dishes were just so-so, although I must say that everything was extremely fresh with quality ingredients.
Portions were generous, especially for the price. Tapas ran about $4-7, and entrees were in the $8-13 range. There was a limited selection of Portuguese wines, although again extremely reasonably priced with bottles $15 on average! Very, very affordable.Service was not bad...a little slow with the bread and other requests and did not top up out water unless asked, but still decent and friendly on the whole.
Con Sol is definitely worth a visit, and more people need to give them a chance against the better known Portuguese places in the area. This was a Saturday night and there was only one other occupied table - probably a result of the location (on Broadway in Cambridge) and competition close by. The restaurant has a great cozy ambiance, and the food is tasty, homey and affordable...a great place for a date or to relax with a bunch of friends. It is really sad to see it so empty.
Bottomline: Con Sol could and should be a serious contender in the Boston Portuguese food category. Try it!
279A Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139