RW Dalia's in Brookline
Despite the complaints about restaurant week I wanted to post that I had a fantastic meal at Dalia's Bistro and Wine Bar in Brookline. I started out with the mussels in a creamy dijon sauce and my DC has the salad with vanilla vinaigrette. We both really enjoyed our appetizers, I was skeptical about the creamy dijon sauce, but it was very light and flavorful, we both used it as dipping sauce for the warm bread that was served because it was too delicious to let go. I then had the risotto cakes with roasted pepper creamy tomato sauce and it was beyond fantastic. The risotto cakes were delicious but it was the sauce that really made the dish. The portions were very generous for both of these courses, especially for RW, I had to take my second risotto cake home and definitely asked for extra sauce which our waitress was happy to provide. The deserts were very good, yet I was disappointed there was deviation from the posted menu and then again from the menu in the restaurant. I was looking forward to trying a pear tart which was substituted with a raspberry almond tart, which was tasty but nothing special. We also split a "brownie" which was nothing like a brownie but very delicious and rich. Over all the food was delicious but the service was fair at best, we were repeatedly asked what we ordered (at the time we arrived there was also only one other party in the restaurant) and then when I inquired about what exactly the delicious sauce on my risotto cakes was the waitress had to pick up a menu from the next table and read it off to me--- come on there are only three choices per course how hard can it be? Also, when I inquired about a wine I was unfamiliar with the waitress went on about how delicious it was told us they were out and then informed us we should try it--and then we were overcharged for the wine we did choose.
This experience was very positive compared to my RW dinner at Dante where the food was fair at best. The portions were small, loaded with fillers, such as extra starch and overall left us unsatisfied. My DC and I who don't eat much and typically go out and must split two-three apts or an apt and and entree were left still hungry after the three courses, yet pleasantly full with lunch for today after Dalias.
I just wanted to post this because I have not heard but about Dalias before and am looking forward to going back and trying their regular menu
I have been to Dalias twice. The first time we loved it - food, wine, atmosphere, all A+. So when my parents, who are foodies from the NYC area, came to town, I made a reservation and took them there. It was a wholly disappointing experience, from the moment we walked in the door, when we had to basically raise our hands and say "hello, customers over here!" even though we had a reservation and the restaurant was not even half full. We haven't been back, and likely won't go back.
The risotto cakes you described do sound delicious, though!