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Sep 29, 2008 11:14 AM

Wonderful time at Sandrine's

We decided to take in Sandrine's with another couple (their 1st time but we've been before). Expectations were high given our previous experience in June and the fact that my friend's spouse lived in France for a few years and was wanting of good French cuisine.

Excellent service by all employees. Not a single issue with their performance, demeanor and attentiveness. All the way from the host to the runner.

Very pleasant vibe in the room given it's been raining forever and on a Sunday night. They recently changed the windows to those that open during nice weather and removed the drapery which used to make the room a little dark. Even though the weather precluded opening the windows, I can tell that window seats during nice weather would be very desireable.

Started off with apps of Foie Gras Farandole, thin crust pizza with Niman Ranch bacon and caramelized onions, and soup du jour. All were wonderful and hit the spot in terms of expectations, mix of ingredients and overall flavor. As for entrees...2 of us ordered the grilled Angus filet mignon w/Madeira reduction, another ordered the poisson du jour (very large piece of Chilean seabass with mixed veg medley and the last entree was the special veal t-bone withe pea risotto and chanterelle Madeira sauce. All were hits including my friends special request of no salt. All washed down with a nice bottle of Bordeaux - Margaux Chateau Clairefont 2005. Dessert consisted of profiteroles and apple tartine along with coffee and brut rose. Our Francophile? dinner companion was very pleased and met, if not, surpassed her expecation of Alsatian French cuisine in the Boston area.

Price: total bill $320 not including tip. Not a cheap night by any means but decent for a group of 4 with hearty appetites. We left pretty bloated. :>)

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  1. Thanks for the reminder. I know Sandrine's gets mixed reviews here, but the one meal I had there was quite good. Way overdue for me to go back for another try.

    1. I have to agree. Raymond is just a pleasure to be around and his flammekueche is heavenly.

      4 Replies
      1. re: fullbelly

        I've been skeptical of Sandrine's because every time I walk past it seems strangely empty considering its prime location. Maybe I'll give it a try after all.

        1. re: triple creme

          triple creme, what time(s) do you usually walk past? We had an early dinner...6:30 on sunday and it was very the time we left ~ 9:00 pm, it was pretty full. This on a crappy rainy night to boot.

          1. re: Sal Monella

            Sorry I'm only now noticing your question. I tend to walk by at around 7:30. Guess it doesn't get hopping until later.

        2. re: fullbelly

          FYI, good as Sandrine's flammek├╝chen are, Trader Joe's Tarte d'Alsace could fool you into thinking Raymond had been in your kitchen.