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Nov 16, 2009 12:39 PM

Salts - very disappointing

It is with a heavy heart that I post this unfortunate review of Salts - we were SO excited to eat there, and really looked forward to it, but it just didn't live up to its reputation. First, they were totally understaffed, and completely apologetic about it, but things were forgotten, our bill was wrong (in their favor), and it took 40 minutes from the time that we asked for the check to leaving the restaurant. Second, the food was really average. I got the "autumn sald" which had slices of apples and pears and roasted beets - really flat flavors. My husband got the potage, which was excellent. I had scallops for my entree - there were FOUR scallops - really an appetizer-sized portion - and several small cauliflower sprigs - and my meal was not warm. My husband had the duck, which he said was too dry. For dessert, we shared several things - the apple "pie" was sort of cutesy, with apple puree and a little crust - not that well-executed. The best dessert was the chocolate parfait....

All in all, a disappointing meal, especially for $100/pp. They were very kind about the slow service, but it still seemed unacceptable... We recently ate at Rendez-Vous, and the meal was superb and flawless. I definitely won't go back....

473 River St, Mattapan, MA 02126

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  1. Sorry for your poor experience. Just a note on portion sizes. I have eaten at 2-3 restaurants around town recently where a scallops entree had three scallops. So four scallops, assuming they were nice and big, seems about right. Personally, I appreciate portions that I can finish and disliked the fact that a recent meal at Ten Tables Cambridge featured an appetizer of mussels that could have served as an entire meal for me, and an entree that was similarly oversized. Maybe you should head there instead.

    Ten Tables
    5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

    1. depending on the size of the scallops, 4 should be about right. If they were U10s, ( or 10 to a pound) then you are being served about 6 oz of fish, which is a healthy and correct portion. that being said, with no sides and the dish being cold, I could see where you would be disappointed.

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      1. re: Wannabfoode

        Good points about the scallops - but regrettably, they were not big - and I also agree about reasonably-sized portions, but this entree was small.

      2. I also recently ate at Salts, and despite the slow service it was still a great meal. I happen to enjoy service that leaves you alone to eat. French service is supposed to be that way. As for my food, all of it was superb. My wife and I had the roullade of Alaskan King crab and avocado as well as the sweetbreads for an appetizer (both of them were delicious). I had the beef tenderloin and she had sweet potato agnolotti. The agnolotti were incredible. One of the best dishes I've had in a long time. Finally, we shared the chocolate parfait. It was excellent.

        The service wasn't stellar, but everything was brought out in a timely fashion, and nice and hot. I would definitely go back again.

        Salts Restaurant
        798 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. I had a disappointing experience as well recently- wrote about it here: