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Finale Desserts @ Park Plaza?

I've only been to the one in Cambridge a few years back w/ a friend from out of town and remember it being very good for the dessert selections (although admittedly over priced, i didn't mind b/c I appreciated the presentation on the plate etc) It was also a fun experience to look up at the mirror that was hung over the "bar" so that you could see the people mixing up the treats and pouring melted chocolate onto the massive marble slab...Is the Park Plaza location the same? What is the general consensus now about Finale Desserterie overall...interested in going only for dessert/drinks...if there is somewhere else that u think is an even better alternative for just desserts, please let me know!

Thanks ...Eat, drink and be merry!!

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  1. Pretty desserts that don't have much flavor. Better off getting a late dessert in a downtown resto with a good pastry chef...

    1. On the other hand, it can be convenient if you're going to be in Park Plaza and don't want to stray too far. I think it's decent enough.

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      1. re: tamerlanenj

        I honestly think their stuff is totally lacking in any real flavor and will NOT eat there.

      2. We were in that area a while ago, after a theater performance. We checked out Finale, and didn't really see anything we liked, and were rather put off by the prices. We crossed over to Maggiano's, and had coffee and dessert. I had the profiteroles, and they were lovely. They had no problem having us come in for just dessert and coffee.

        1. bistro du midi, davio's and via matta are right there. i'd go to one of them before finale. price point will be the same for dessert and a drink/coffee.

          1. I've consistently been disappointed with the Finale in Coolidge Corner, sadly it is a popular meeting spot for a number of my friends.so I do go there occassionally. However the Harvard Square site stands out for me as a place I will never set foot in thanks to the the condescending staff and the worst most expensive excuse for a Boston Cream Pie I have ever paid good money for.. Davio's would be my 1st choice in Park Square.

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            Davio's
            75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

            1. If you loved the chocolate pouring then go to Brasserie Jo at on Huntington Ave. They have great desserts. Order profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce and your waiter will bring the chocolate to the table and pour until you say Uncle.

              I also find Finale all show no flavor. It reminds me of the dessert you get at buffets or fron caterers.

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              Brasserie Jo
              120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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              1. re: BostonZest

                2nd this ^^ The profiteroles there are yummy!!

                1. re: BostonZest

                  "Dessert you get at buffets or from caterers;" precisely what the Finale stuff tastes like to me! All waxy and flavorless.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    How come every time I walk by Finale at Park Plaza on a weekend night there is always a line waiting to get in the place. I've only been once and had the Apple a la mode which I thoght was ok, but last night around 10:30 there had to be 30 people waiting in line outside in the cold to get in this place.

                    1. re: Infomaniac

                      Why does Mike's bakery in the North End or any number of other second or third level food-quality places have lines? Because to some people it is not about the food. It is about being safe, being where other people go, following tv shows where these places are promoted in advertorials.

                      And, in fact these places may well serve the best food these folks have ever had and they are perfectly happy with it. Chowhounds are a different breed. When we find the best, we keep seeking better, different and more authentic, twisted, revived, reformatted.

                      I'll bet most of us have lists of places we want to try and a number of places we don't get to as often as we'd like because we keep trying other places.

                      The one great thing about places like Finale and Mikes it that they keep us from having to wait too long in lines for the really good places.

                      Penny
                      http://www.bostonzest.com/

                      1. re: Infomaniac

                        see...i've often wondered that myself...it does always seem to be busy w. lots of people waiting in lines etc. which is why I haven' t been in a while...it can't be all that "bad" if people are willing to stand out in the cold for even a short amount of time at 1030 on a freezing Feb. night w. neg.degree wind chills, esp. last night!! it was beyond cold...

                        1. re: northshoregrl

                          It was unreal cold walking to where my car was parked....I couldn't wait to get in my car and turn the heat on full blast. I don't think my car warmed up until I was passing Somerville.

                          Not a bad option in the area, but I agree with BostonZest though. If you are catering to the masses of people, the quality is going to suffer a little.

                          I've only experienced one item there and thought it was fine, and the scene was lively and fun. I was paying more attention to the company I was with than dessert though.

                        2. re: northshoregrl

                          Maybe some people have never had anything but mediocre desserts made with less than quality ingredients - and just go for the ambience/convenience? It's more of a scene place than a dessert place. The quality is poor, and the over-pricing might just convince some that therefore the desserts *must* be good. I'm with Penny and StriperGuy!

                          (and no, I'm not trolling here: my now unfortunate name came from when I was working like a troll in the (pastry) dungeon at Maison Robert!)

                          1. re: pastrytroll

                            I was thinking of going to the le patissier cafe under Troquet, but they are not open tomorrow night, which is when i will be in the area...anyone been there??

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                            Troquet
                            140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                            1. re: northshoregrl

                              I haven't been to the patissier cafe at Troquet. But, for tomorrow night, consider Thinking Cup which is on the othe rperpendicular side of the Common (Boylston Street) side. They are casual, and I'm not a huge fan of the coffee. But, I love their pastries and the french hot chocolate. According to their web site, they are open until 10 pm on Monday night.

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765067

                              http://thinkingcup.com/about.shtml

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                              Troquet
                              140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                            2. re: pastrytroll

                              But you do have to give credit to the canny MBAs who opened the place to appreciate this arbitrage opportunity and execute flawlessly to make good money. How many restaurants we know and love would benefit from some of this methodical approach to business...

                      2. Simply awful. Reminds me of the dessert buffets that are on mega cruise ships. Nice to look at, but no flavor, or passion. Davio's, and even Legal Seafoods are much better choices.

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                        Davio's
                        75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                        1. re: aadesmd

                          Yah, there are several reasons I will NEVER set foot on a cruise ship, you just gave me another one.