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  • L2k Aug 18, 2010 06:16 AM
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4 of us had a great dinner at Mistral last night. 3 apps on the menu, but they added an amazing smoke salmon salad type option (they also offered a truffle oil infused risotto with shaved black truffle, but when she came back to take the order it was already sold out) to the three on the menu. The cold corn soup was very good, the Caesar salad above average.

3 entrees, 2 of us had the steak. Very good sized (10 oz?), cooked perfectly. 1 had the chicken, 1 had the salmon, everyone enjoyed their meals immensely. Desserts were a tart or a dark chocolate mousse, there was nothing left behind. Service was very attentive (no empty glasses) without being intrusive.

I know it's fun to put down restaurant week, but there's no way I'm going to Mistral and paying menu prices for their cooking. Maybe these items weren't on their regular menu (although the added apps were restaurant-wide), but it's still a chance for me to try out a restaurant I otherwise wouldn't be able to go to.

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  1. We had a very nice RW meal at Beacon Hill Bistro. 5 app choices, 4 entrees, 3 desserts. Wife had a cold spring pea soup with pesto, and a pimento cheese thing, can't remember the name (and I might have the ingredients wrong), but it was good. She had the vegtarian entree, with peeled warm tomato filled with lentils over a bed of other vegetables. Her dessert was a mille fuile (sp?).

    I had the excellent pork rillette, with a really nice molassas based brown bread (only two slices, though, I could have eaten 10!). Entree was Tea smoked duck confit chopped with pickled ramps, bacon, over a house made tagliatelle, with house made ricotta on top. Very hearty and delicious. I had the cheese dessert which was a nice Vermont farm cheese, not too pungent, with a small puff pastry with roasted tomatoes. Red or white wince choices for the app and entree course (you pick), and sauternes or port for dessert, was $22 per person. It was a very nice meal, and I would recommend it. Almost no one in our section was doing the RW menu, but it seemed most were from Europe or out of town.

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    Beacon Hill Bistro
    25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

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    1. re: kimfair1

      Don't understand why they would be serving spring pea soup in August - that's a headscratcher - at least it was good!

      1. re: kimfair1

        We also did BHB, last night, and had a very good meal. I got identical courses to kimfair1, and they were all very good. The molasses bread (used sparingly) was a good match for the pork. I thought the duck confit with tagliatelle was delicious, although my wife thought the bacon was overpowering and some of her pasta was undercooked. I thought the smokiness of the duck and bacon were really well matched.

        Also tried the mussel and clam appetizer, which was delicious, and the bluefish, which tasted like bluefish should taste.

        The soup on the RW menu is "Chilled Soupe de Courgette", or zucchini, not spring peas. That was quite good. Chilled pea soup is on the regular menu, not sure which one kimfair1 got.

        1. re: erwocky

          We got the RW soup. Didn't really know what Courgette was at the time, and forgot completely by the time I posted.

      2. Just got back from a scrumptious lunch at Locke Ober about an hour ago. The appetizer of risi e bisi and ribs was yummy - and so was the entree of deep fried ribs. Service was excellent and dessert even better. A total giveaway for the fixed-price menu! Key lime mousse was exceptional and so was the Bitter chocolate cake with peach ice cream. Highly recommended.

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        1. re: cornFusion

          Heading there tomorrow for lunch! Thanks for the report.

          1. re: cornFusion

            We were there for dinner last night and had a disappointing experience. The menu looked good with many choices, but the execution left much to be desired. We had the same dessets as cornFusion and found the key lime mousse too warm. The bitter chocolate cake with peach ice cream was probably the best dish of the evening. We also had the experience of being rushed through the meal which was amusing as the tables were not all filled.

            My DH had the liver and onions and I had the tuna nicoise, both ok but not great. Our first courses were tomato and mozzarella salad and ceasar salad with deviled egg. The tomato and mozzarella salad was much tastier than the ceasar salad that was the wrong temperature.

            We probably had not been to Locke Ober for 20 years and we were curious to see how Lydia Shire was running it. We found the decor tired. The bathrooms and rugs need renovation.

            Unlike other Chowhounds, we have had very good RW experiences at Mistral, Lineage, B&G, La Morra, Lumiere, and The CapitalGrill.

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            La Morra
            48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

            Lumiere Restaurant
            1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

          2. We just got back from a fabulous lunch at Umbria Prime.

            6 appetizers to select from. Creative and fresh and sizeable. Homemade Prociutto with fig jam, watercress salad and a cold crab cocktail were ordered and all were delish.

            6 entrees (maybe 7) to select from, including a filet. Homemade pasta, the filet (large portion) and salmon were ordered. All were very, very good.

            Desserts were tiramisu and cannoli. I'd call them good, but not as good as the main dishes.

            Large portions, well cooked and delicious. A good 20 buck spent.

            We are going to Locke-Ober next week, so it's nice to hear a good report from them, too.

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            Locke-Ober
            3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

            1. Went to Mamma Maria on Sunday for RW dinner. Overall it was a very nice dinner. They had the regular menu with designated choices that were available as restaurant week items. Of the 12 or 14 apps, I think 6 or 7 were available for RW and same for entrees, so selection was decent. It did not seem like many diners were there for RW.

              The food was well prepared and delicious. The RW items were definitely the less expensive menu items, but that's fine by me - I'd rather have a less expensive item that is prepared up to the restaurant's usual standards than eat a poorly cooked steak and be treated like a leper. This was my first Mamma Maria experience, and it seemed like it was representative of the restaurant, and I will definitely return to pay full price. I tend to treat RW dinners as test-drives for more expensive restaurants, rather than "this is the only chance I'm going to get to eat at_____," and MM passed my test drive :-)

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              Mamma Maria Restaurant
              3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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              1. re: STL BOS

                MM is definitely worth hitting even w/o RW...they cook well :-)

              2. Lumiere- it was wonderful. Too full to write more right now...

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                Lumiere Restaurant
                1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

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                1. re: AnnieP

                  I've always found Lumiere's RW offerings to be really great.

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                  Lumiere Restaurant
                  1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

                  1. re: AnnieP

                    I'm often disappointed by RW, but my experience at Lumiere last year (spring?) was excellent, too.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    Lumiere Restaurant
                    1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

                    1. re: AnnieP

                      Had the RW menu at Lumiere last night. Best deal ever. Food was phenomenal as were the wine pairings. We left stuffed and very happy. Stand outs: Verrill Farms Corn Soup, 'Ritz' cracker Pollack, Sofia's Yogurt... Oh, and I'm addicted to the salsa verde that is served on the bluefish.

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                      Verrill Farm
                      11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

                      Lumiere Restaurant
                      1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

                    2. Had a great meal last night at L'Andana in Burlington. Had the Rigatoni Bolognese for the app. Tasteeeee! The Salmon was fabulous and the Chocolate Crema (mousse for you non-Italians) was superb. I love Resteraunt Week!! I couldn't afford to eat like this without it.

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                      L'Andana
                      86 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

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                      1. re: bmgl

                        It would be SO easy to go to L'Andana for RW every season, it's always that good.

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                        L'Andana
                        86 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

                        1. re: bmgl

                          When I was at L'Andana earlier this summer, they had a 3 course menu in the $30-$35 range. IIRC, it was offered Mon-Thurs with 3 choices for each course. I didn't try it (had to have the milanese from the regular menu). If you'd like to go back it might be worth checking to see if they are still running that menu.

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                          L'Andana
                          86 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

                        2. I had RW lunch at L'Espalier yesterday and it was very disappointing. Service was very very slow - I had to ask for bread, then butter, to order wine, to order coffee. The salad appetizer was under-seasoned. The Lobster BLT was very tasty - but it should have been for a $12 supplement. Dessert (peach and coconut gateaux) was good.
                          I haven't been to L'Espalier since they moved to the new location and this lunch hasn't inspired me to return.

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                          L'Espalier
                          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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                          1. re: scubajane

                            Scubajane: can you elaborate on what else you got and why it was disappointing?? I have a reservation for Thursday for L'Espalier, but I'm considering going to Radius instead. The menu looks very limited! Slow service also a problem. Has anyone been to Market this RW for lunch?

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                            L'Espalier
                            774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                            1. re: bella_sarda

                              Went to Market yesterday. not a great meal i have to say - restaurant week choices were not very interesting though competently executed overall. avoid the cookie and confections plate as they were mostly misses, save for a lovely dark choc. bonbon that was infused with jasmine tea.

                              1. re: nasilemak

                                Yeah, we've decided to go to Radius. I had lunch at Market once and was disappointed. I checked the RW menu, and also found it unimaginative. They're just not trying very hard there. All the menu items seem too safe, aiming for some kind of foodie middle-of-the-road. Not surprising for a place whose owner is a remote celeb chef.

                            2. re: scubajane

                              @scubajane again: I re-read your post and see all your selections, but any further elaboration would help; also, if you had a dining companion, what did he/she get and how did he/she like it? thanks.

                              1. re: bella_sarda

                                @bella_sarda - sorry I didn't reply sooner - my friend had the gazpacho which she enjoyed - she had the lobster BLT too and the chocolate dessert....
                                we just had RW dinner at Harvest and both remarked that it was better (and cheaper due to the supplements) than the RW lunch at L'Espalier
                                I really wanted to enjoy the lunch at L'Espalier as I had enjoyed some amazing dinners at L'Espalier before but it was very below par....very sad

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                                L'Espalier
                                774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                            3. I went to Mamma Maria on Wednesday forgetting that it was restaurant week, however the options were so good we each decided to go with the RW menu and splurge on an amazing Amarone. Standouts were the beautiful and plump Mushroom Ravioli, the baked oysters(non restaurant week item) and an ethereal piece of halibut, nice sear, beautifully cooked morels and a parsnip puree. Simple and oh so good. I loved the pana cotta at the end of the meal and service was impeccable throughout the meal as well. It ended up being a truly amazing deal and we cant wait to return.

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                              Mamma Maria Restaurant
                              3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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                              1. re: jessabella617

                                Rocca's was excellent: the food and the service were a treat. They also had a special on the Montepulciano (33.10 instead of the usual 42.00). The cauliflower appetizer was particularly splendid (cauliflower three ways with a Sicilian bent) and the day boat bass and roasted organic chicken were great. They offered 4 courses for 33.10. The anti pasti and primo were lovely small courses, the mains and deserts were generous portions. They stinted neither on food, options, or service. Hats off to them.

                                1. re: teezeetoo

                                  Went to Rocca - don't have to go back. Took a 6pm reservation (made same day, so, no expectations of prime time which was fine) and arrived to a very friendly greeting and a lovely end-corner banquette table. The restaurant was empty - just one other table of two who must have sat down at 5:30. Only the four course (generous) Restaurant Week menu was offered, which I thought was a good thing - that way there's no forcing everyone or no one at the table to elect it, and allows the server to have matched courses to deliver for all. The food was good, not particularly memorable. Fries with eyes were gimmicky, helped immensely by the fried basil and hot pepper slivers. Marinated eggplant was flavorful. The whole wheat tagliarini with meyer lemon, blueberries & mint was a mistake. We thought we'd take a chance in case the chef had struck gold with an unusual and inventive pairing. Not. The bass was fine and the "medium rare" (per the menu name) short ribs ($10 additional charge) were okay, a little fatty, and begging the question of why one would want to serve a short rib medium rare. The vanilla panna cotta served with cherries in sauce was unpleasantly thick, like it had too much gelatin in it, and tasteless - really needed the sauce. So, why not return to Rocca? If I tell you that the first two courses came out of the kitchen with a speed that would have served Lucy and Ethel well at that candy conveyor belt, I wouldn't be exaggerating. They could have gotten us in and out in under an hour (with four course, mind you) at that pace, except that sometime during our meal (after the entree was delivered) our very nice server disappeared, apparently due to the assignment of a table for 10. I get it - 10 is a lot of people to deal with at once - but... they knew the restaurant knew they were coming. Since all RW menu ordering is done on the front end of the meal, the bus staff brought our dessert and cleared our plates. That's when the pace of the meal became leisurely. We waited a good 15 minutes with nothing in front of us but empty water glasses and no check. Another server passed by, noted the situation, and to her credit refilled water glasses, offered coffee and produced the check. I can understand that things happen, large parties can throw things out of kilter. However, it seemed as if there were a good number of staff working, and that things could have been handled better. So, "yay" for 1) a generous number of courses (plated nicely, btw) and 2) no "shaming" people for ordering from the RW menu, and "nay" for 1) rushed then absent service and 2) the critical piece -"just okay" food.

                              2. Saw a very good-looking RW menu at the Russell House Tavern -- three app options, three entree options, two dessert options -- but didn't order from it. I think it's easy to order a great meal there without hitting the $33 mark, and I think I prefer the smaller plates anyway.

                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                Russell House Tavern
                                14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                  Went to Russell House Tavern on Saturday night not realizing there was a restaurant week option. Two DCs ordered off RW menu but I did not. Each dish I tasted off the restaurant week menu was very good, if not excellent.

                                  I really enjoyed the Verrill Farms corn and basil cakes, which used fresh, sweet corn and were not deep fried. I appreciated the tomato and arugula side with the cakes as a good contrast. The braised veel cheeks were falling-apart tender and nicely paired with a cauliflower puree.

                                  The chocolate budino was essentially a standard, yet very good, warm, and moist chocolate bread pudding.

                                  The non-restaurant week menu items I tasted have been already discussed on other boards, such as the crispy poached egg, which was excellent.

                                  I am happy to finally have a good restaurant at this price point in Harvard Square.

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                                  Verrill Farm
                                  11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

                                  Russell House Tavern
                                  14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                2. I had sworn off restaurant week menus a few years ago, but ended up at the Capital Grille to meet a friend in town and was very impressed, at least with the meat being served. At the table, we had an 8oz filet, the kona-encrusted sirloin, and the double-cut lamb chops (I think there were 3). They also allowed us to substitutue the delicious kona coating onto the filet. All of the meat ordered was perfectly cooked and in my opinion the best steak house steaks/meat I've had in Boston (first time at the Capital Grille--typically pretty anti-chain restaurant--been to Grill 23 several times, Oak Room, KO Prime, etc.), and since this is coming from their RW menu, I'm very impressed. The three starters were pretty basic, the fresh salad looked pretty sad, the caesar salad looked like a decent caesar salad, and I had the clam chowder, which was very good, but nothing special. The family style sides--mashed potatoes and creamed spinach-were very good as well. The chocolate espresso cake would satisfy a chocolate lover, and the creme brulee was exactly what you would expect--delicious and saisfying but nothing special. But the meat was really spectacular, great value, and I must say that it was one of the better restaurant week experiences I have had. The wine list had a very high mark up (for instance, a Franciscan Cab, which retails for $25 or less, was $72). But we had a decent Haut-Medoc bordeaux for $35 and a decent fruit-bomb of a shiraz (Penfolds Bin 28) for $55 (only a $30-$35 mark-up!). Upon leaving, we saw a posted advertisement for a curated list of 11 wines for $25 per bottle, but didn't see those on the menu (I wondered if they didn't make that available during RW). Might be worth asking about if you really want to escape with an affordable meal including wine, or stay away from the French and Cali. wines. But yeah, if you want a steak and/or a very standard steak house experience, I think this was a great deal.

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                                  1. re: redelephant

                                    I too went to the Capital Grille (Chestnut Hill). The filet was indeed the best I have had in a long time, if not ever!

                                    1. re: mabelm4050

                                      I went to the Capital Grille in Chestnut Hill last night. It was an excellent experience. The lamb chops were the best I've had. There were three double cut chops. On their regular menu they serve four for $39.00. Three were more than sufficient. My DC had the steak which he proclaimed excellent. The service was also great. ....just a very pleasant experience all the way around.

                                      Our waiter told us that they are doing the RW menu next week because they had to refuse so many people. They are not advertising it at all. You just have to ask for the menu when you go in. I would imagine this apples to the other Capital Grilles as well.

                                      1. re: edgewater

                                        I just confirmed next week for Chestnut Hill, but found that they don't have a chicken or fish option, so I won't be able to get the wife to join me. :(

                                        Ah well, I'll just have to enjoy the Palm for lunch tomorrow without her.

                                        1. re: L2k

                                          On the Restaurant Week Menu they served salmon.

                                          1. re: veggielover

                                            Yes, I would definitely check again. Salmon is definitely on the RW menu.

                                  2. Went to dinner at Meritage on Friday. It was nice-- not full at all, despite being a Friday night. Felt like I was at the uncool restaurant, lol.

                                    Dinner was good, though. Took a bit too long before the waiter came over to give us menus and water, but t hat could be forgiven. He was very nice and attentive otherwise.

                                    He started with the soft shell crab. It was truly amazing. It came with this butter sauce which was delectable. It was a good size too, very good deal! I got the smoked salmon with creme fraiche. It was really yummy but SO tiny. It tasted like salmon sashimi, so I enjoyed it a lot. But yea.. it was like two bites.

                                    For main, my DC got the Filet Mignon with cream sauce. The sauce was amazing. The Filet Mignon was very good too, soft, red, perfect. I got the seared tuna, which I wasn't blown away with. It was again, a very small portion, and I just didn't love it. It tasted like tuna, nothing special. It was good, but I wouldn't order it again. The sauce it came with didn't do enough to make this dish taste especially wonderful.

                                    For dessert, we had the cheese plate. Now, I consider myself quite the cheese lover, but oh my! This cheese was SO pungent and sharp-- it was spicy! Not spicy in the sense that it had spices in it, but spicy the way raw garlic is spicy. I'm still debating whether I liked it or not. It was an interesting experience, but I'm not sure if I loved it.

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                                    Meritage Restaurant
                                    70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

                                    1. I just went to lunch at Oishii, which was amazing. They seem to imply that they always have the RW lunch specials available, can anyone confirm this? They also have a $30 lunch as well, we shared one $20 and one $30 lunch.

                                      There was no broiled eggplant, we got Tofu which was very simple and pretty bland. The lobster risotto was a little gummy, they do top it with a lobster claw (!) however the lobster meat was a little dry. Pretty much everything else was amazing. Their simple salmon avocado roll was the best I've had in that ilk, the salmon was fresh and plentiful and the avocado was perfectly ripe. The black cod was very good, and all their deep fried offerings (rock shrimp, crab cake, tempura) were perfectly friend. I honestly don't have the time to break everything down, but I would definitely recommend Oishii for lunch if you can make it.

                                      New Kaiseki Lunch #1 ($30)
                                      Green Salad Sesame Dressing
                                      Fresh Lobster Wild Mushroom Risotto
                                      Seared Wild King Salmon Sweet Soy
                                      Crispy Rock Shrimp Lemon Aioli
                                      Oishii Crab Cake
                                      *Spicy Tuna Salad Handroll
                                      Grilled Miso Black Cod
                                      Rocky Sushi
                                      *Sake Sushi
                                      *Maguro Sashimi
                                      *Hamachi Sashimi

                                      New Kaiseki Lunch #2
                                      Miso Soup
                                      Grilled Miso Black Cod
                                      Seaweed Salad
                                      Broiled Egg Plant
                                      Hot So-Men Noodle
                                      *Spicy Tuna Tempura Maki
                                      *Salmon Avocado Maki
                                      Shrimp Tempura, Asparagus Tempura
                                      Broccolini Sesame Dressing

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                                      lobster claw
                                      7A Main St, North Reading, MA 01864

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                                      1. re: tysonmcneely

                                        You got all that for lunch? Wow...How many maki per type? Assume one piece per type?

                                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                          I definitely should have clarified this as it was a question I had myself prior to the meal.

                                          for lunch #2, the Salmon avocado maki is 6 pieces, the Spicy Tuna tempura is 4 pieces. All these pieces were "normal" size, nothing fishy going on here. * Rim shot*

                                          For lunch #1, you get 2 pieces of Tuna (Maguro) Sashimi and 2 pieces of Hamachi (yellow tail). The Sashimi pieces were of average to above average size. You also get the spicy tuna hand roll, which is normal handroll size, wrapped with thin cucumber, instead of seaweed. Also you get 1 piece of Salmon Nigiri and one piece of eel nigiri with a slice of avocado on top (I assume this was the rocky sushi.)

                                          I wish I remembered to take pictures, as the food was beautifully laid out. I am capable of eating a lot and I was definitely full (not stuffed though) at the end of the meal. I don't think anyone would complain about portion size here.

                                          1. re: tysonmcneely

                                            I did the $30 kaiseki option at Oishii the other day, too. Great value, and that black cod is delicious.

                                      2. Lunch at Clink last week. I got the chilled melon soup with olive oil and goat cheese for my app, which was a lovely silky texture while still having some body. For the main, I had the summer corn pasta--this dish hit it out of the park. Zucchini ribbons, fresh corn, and more chopped zucchini were tossed with al dente pasta, a mint butter sauce and some pecorino, and this dish was practically worth the price of the lunch as a whole. Dessert was a dark chili chocolate panna cotta made with Taza and chocolate shortbread cookies on the side. The panna cotta was nice and light, but it could have used a touch more sugar or cinnamon to balance it out, as I felt that it was just a bit too tart between the dark chocolate and the chili flavors.

                                        DC got the seafood chowder to start, and the server told us that it was one of Clink's signature dishes. The chowder was chock full of white fish, clams, shrimp and possibly also scallops, and the broth was full and creamy without being too heavy. His main was the shrimp salad, with green goddess dressing over butter lettuce, if I remember correctly. The shrimp were on the small side, cooked nicely, though, and overall it was a fine but unmemorable salad. DC's dessert was the salted caramel ice cream sundae, and this was a definite winner. The housemade vanilla ice cream was creamy and fresh, and the salted caramel was the perfect balance of sweet and salt. Service was great throughout the meal, prompt without making us feel rushed, and we would definitely go back to Clink for a RW meal again.

                                        1. Had lunch at Radius today and ordered off the RW menu.

                                          Both DC and I chose the chilled corn soup for appetizer, which was delicious. Pure corn flavor came through and lots of interest provided by a few mussels and spicy-sweet chili peppers.

                                          For my "main" I got the heirloom tomato duo (vegetarian), which consisted of a roasted tomato tart with small sides of frisee/feta salad and some plain chopped (raw) heirloom tomatoes, with some dots of basil pistou on the plate. The tart was delicious: sweet roasted heirloom tomatoes on a very buttery, tender crust, tartlet size. The sides were a bit scant. The frisee with feta was very tasty and, while good, the raw heirlooms were not the best I've had recently (just buying myself from the farmer's markets). The overall portion was on the small side but I was happy to have some room for dessert. DC ordered the cod for her main; I tried it and it was excellent, cooked to perfection (not rubbery like much cod at restaurants).

                                          Desserts: I chose the brownie, DC got the chilled watermelon soup. The brownie was a bit of a disappointment: supposed to have browned butter in it but I didn't really taste it, and it wasn't chocolatey enough and seemed to lack salt. Salt was provided in the salted caramel sauce on the side, but there should have been a bit more of that. A small scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side was excellent, but overall I expected to be wowed by this and I wasn't. A brownie at Radius should be a no-brainer. The watermelon soup was beautiful and delicious, very light and bracing. Bright-pink "broth" with a sno-cone like ball of green melon ice in the center.

                                          I thought the meal was a good value for $20, but the so-so components seemed inexcusable to me, even during resto week.

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                                          1. re: bella_sarda

                                            wow - you loved the appetizer, the mains (other than some skimpiness) and thought the brownie was undersalted (thought it was served with salted caramel sauce) but the other desert was delicious. and for that small quibble, you find the lunch "inexcusable?" Seems a peculiarly harsh standard.

                                            1. re: teezeetoo

                                              I only found a few items inexcusable, not the entire lunch. I did state that overall I thought it was a good value. The items I found lacking were the raw tomato salad---very skimpy and needed better -quality tomatoes----and the brownie--not just undersalted but lacked chocolatey punch--are things that should have been very easy to get right, hence the term "inexcusable." I will definitely go back to Radius. I just think that restaurants of that caliber have no excuse for phoning it in on easy items, even during resto week.

                                          2. Had dinner at KO Prime on Thursday, and had an excellent meal, plus topped with really nice service. Not stodgy, and none of the "oh, you're the RW crowd" semi-snooty attitude that I sometimes see.

                                            All 3 of us had heirloom tomato salads for starters, which was a simple but tasty dish that showed off the freshness of the tomatoes well.

                                            One DC and I had the flat iron steak with succotash and harissa. The other DC had the sweet and sour pork belly. I enjoyed my steak a lot (again, no eye-roll when I ordered it medium) - good flavor, cooked well, and not tough. I hate it when restaurants offer only the worst cuts of steak during RW. My DC's pork belly though, looked soo good. It was her first time with pork belly and she said it was divine. I actually had second thoughts after viewing her plate come out. At the waitress' suggestion, we ordered a side of the fingerling potato puree, which was an excellent suggestion. That has got to be one of the best versions 'mashed' potatoes I've had.

                                            We ended our meals with coffee, and two orders of blueberry cake and one of lavender ice-cream with an apricot compote. The blueberry cake was moist, with a nice zingy lemony taste. The ice-cream was surprisingly smooth and not very sweet - just creamy with hints of the lavendar scent. Not overly perfumy at all.

                                            To top it off, I had a delicious berry mocktail drink, whipped up by the bar when I asked the waitress for something non-alcoholic. Always a plus when a bar can accommodate a non-drinker. The only minor slip up for me in service was the waitress neglected to tell me what the drink was, but it was so delicious I didn't care at the end.

                                            My first time at KO Prime, but with this experience, I would gladly return any night of the week. Highly recommended.

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                                            KO Prime
                                            90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

                                            1. Not a fan of RW in general. Going to a concert so went to Bina and was presently surprised by the scope of the RW selections and the generous portions. (One reason I have been anti-RW is that portions are extremely small).
                                              Service was great and it is a beautiful space.

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                                              Bina Osteria
                                              , Boston, MA 02108

                                              1. We had a great RW meal at Rocca Friday night. 4 courses for $33.10. Wife had cauliflower 3 ways, parmagiana mousse, roast chicken, and a gelato dessert with olive oil. She loved the dessert so much she mentioned to the waiter she could eat another one, and he brought a second one by! I had Fries with eyes (tiny sardines, fried), tallegia envelopes with spinach and carrot, pork tenderloin, and vanilla panna cotta, our vegetarian friend had a heirloom tomato salad, house made ricotta, Roman gnocchi with tomato sugo, and a chocolate budino. Excellent all around. We;ll be back to try Tiffani's food another non-RW time for sure!