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Mediocrity in Natick

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Having enjoyed the State Street restaurant and bar many times over the years I decided to meet an old friend at the Natick location.

The mall is beautiful, the lounge area is beautiful and the stylishly dressed women shopping and working in the mall were also......... beautiful.

I sat at the bar and ordered a Bourbon Manhattan. It was so watery it was almost undrinkable. Being one never to waste good booze I persevered an finished it. Before asking for another I told the bartender of my issues with the first and he promised to make the next one more to my liking.

I watched in horror as the bartender prepared my second Manhattan. Ice, then a shot of Bourbon from a nearly empty bottle, 30 seconds to find another bottle, more Bourbon, then Sweet Vermouth, a leisurely stir and pour, Viola, a perfectly watered down Manhattan. I was astounded that so much time and effort could go into such a horribly tasting drink.

On to the Appetizers..........

1/2 dozen oysters on the half shell. They were fresh, slightly briney and perfectly chilled. Simply delicious even though I had to wash them down with you know what.

Tuna tiradito, not the best grade tuna, a bit grisly (I had to use a knife to cut it) and the sauce fell flat. Also overpriced at $6.

Finally I split an average tasting Angus Burger with fries.

Overall I can't recommend. When I'm paying top dollar for a drink I expect it to be expertly made. The food faired somewhat better but still not at a level that meets the price.

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Sel De La Terre
1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

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  1. Two words: Mall Food.

    1. I suppose that's what you should expect from a restaurant called "Mediocrity." Did I space out and miss the name?

      1. Sel de la Terre, the name is at the bottom of the post.

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        Sel de la Terre
        1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

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        1. re: DaveCan

          I see - for whatever reason on my work system it came up looking like four red balloons.

        2. We've eaten at the Natick location many times, and at the State St location just as many, and I haven't noticed a difference between the two (besides that the menus are slightly different). We never order drinks there - I prefer wine, particularly with this type of food. However, I've never had a bad meal there - in fact, it's our go-to spot for a nice steak frites in the burbs. I just wanted to speak up lest anyone judge the merits of Sel de la Terre on a watered-down Manhattan and a burger.

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          Sel de la Terre
          1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

          1. Went to SDLT Natick last night. Had a very delicous steak frites. The steak-ribeye- is many steps above what is served at Petit Robert (maybe flank?). Very tender and juicy and perfectly cooked mediu rare as requested. An enormous serving, impossible to finish. Service was excellent too. Nothing wrong with the martini either.

            1. Boy, I've had a completely different experience! I've had some really great meals at the Natick and Back Bay locations (haven't been to the State Street location). I love the burger at the Natick location, in fact, it might be my favorite burger when I go out. It's served with carmelized onions, sharp cheddar and a slightly spicy red pepper aioli (yum, my favorite part). I've been to the Back Bay location a few times as well and have enjoyed their soups and fish specials. Service at both locations has always been decent to great.