Artichokes in Wakefield
Has anyone tried the new Artichokes in the former YMCA building in Wakefield yet? Can you compare it to the previous Malden location?
Well, I might as well respond to my original inquiry on Artichokes. We tried it for the first time last night and I'd give it a B+ as compared to the previous Malden location.
To start, bread and oil. Nice tough crispy crust but otherwise unremarkable Italian bread but the OO was terrible. Didn't even taste like good extra virgin, almost stale and with only pepper flakes in it. I mentioned it to our very pleasant and attentive waitress who said to wait a minute and she would bring some of "her special" oil. Much better, full of spices and garlic. Why did I have to ask?
Since the place is in the old YMCA building I had to try the YMCA martini. Pomegranite and Lemon made a very tasty combination, though I don't usually go for "fruity" drinks.
Appetizer was a shared "warm salad" with greens, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and mozzarella slices with a warm vinagarette. Not bad, the warmth was a nice touch to bring out some of the flavors, but still somewhat bland.
Mrs had baked fish (cod?) entree that was nice, fresh, and moist. I had the lobster ravioli in a "pink" sauce with plum tomatoe slices. It was outstanding! Nice homemade ravioli, a little light on the lobster, but with the sauce it was a very good combination.
Desert was a very simple lemon sorbet in an organge shell. Tasty and an appropriate ending.
All in all it was a very enjoyable dinner. Very good service and surroundings, if a bit noisy. I would not hesitate to return to sample their red sauce.