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Sep 22, 2011 01:30 PM

What's the scoop on Gaslight?

I haven't be able to find a thorough review on Gaslight in the South End. Anyone want to weigh-in?

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  1. I love to sit at the bar and have a cocktail, but I've found the food to be hit or miss.

    Their onion soup is atrocious.

    The raw beet salad is very good and Ive recreated it at home a lot. Steak tartare was good; fried artichokes were good. Pate was pretty good.

    Steak is OK. Duck confit disappointing. Pork chops were very good..

    For some reason we were there on a weekend afternoon and the bruch looked great, but Ive never been

    But they have free parking! Always a huge plus.

    1. My least favorite of the Aquitaine Group restaurants, which I otherwise quite like. Consistency issues in food, drinks and service kind of wore me out there. Good-looking bar, but I go elsewhere when I'm in a brasserie mood these days.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I must admit that we park there and drink one cocktail and head elsewhere most of the time.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          feh on gaslight. theme first and then food pushed through a disneyfied version of "french bistro." my first visit i was off-put when the cassoulet had obviously been cooked as separate components.

          service awful and the room is profoundly noisy.

          have totally given up on the place.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Gaslight is loud no doubt, but I think the space is nicely done and appealing.

            No sure what you mean by theme. Some of it seems to be a knock off of Balthazar, but there are worse things to emulate.

            1. re: Gabatta

              i too have no problems with an homage to balthazar, which is a knock-off of a zillion zinc-topped bistros in france. but this copy-cat mostly offers craptastic service, tiny wine/drink pours and slipshod execution.

              they did do a beautiful reno. yes. absolutely.

        2. My DC and I were big fans of Gaslight when it first opened, but after the third time of feeling like we were being rushed out the door to make room for the next seating, we stopped going. The tipping point was when the bill was placed on our table while we were discussing what to get for dessert.

          Parking is a huge plus for a restraurant in this area, and we loved the drinks. Food was good enough for the price point. But the spotty service is what has kept us away for the last 2+ years.

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          1. re: Wicked Esurient Sybarite

            I had the opposite experience. I recommended it for a group of 10 on a weeknight and although we lingered over our tap waters (no one ordered coffee, dessert or a second glass of wine) for almost an hour after the plates were cleared, service was cordial and the bill was not presented until we requested it. (I was a little concerned that we would be asked to move on but it wasn't the case.)
            I'm not wild about the food but I've never had a bad meal there either and everyone in our party was pleased with their entree.

            1. re: Wicked Esurient Sybarite

              I've gone for brunch a number of times and have always had a pleasant experience there. For some reason I've not been there for dinner, despite living nearby.

            2. I think it's fine. Not exceptional, but reasonably good food and service, in a nice atmosphere. Parking is a huge plus. It's not necessarily a "destination" restaurant but if you find yourself in the neighborhood looking for a casual meal that won't break the bank, it's a good choice. It's also great if you have a large group as they usually have availability for a reservation.

              1. Shocked by the bad onion soup comments. I love their rendition (at least I did...haven't been in ages) with the little bits of short rib.

                Where do people go for FOS? I find Brasserie Jo's too sweet. The worst by far was the version at now defunct Bouchee.

                Brasserie Jo
                120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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                1. re: tamerlanenj

                  The FOS w. short rib sounds amazing! I haven't been for a long time, but we always had great FOS at the S&S.

                  1. re: tamerlanenj

                    You're right Bouchee's was gruesome (as was most of their food). I think Gaslight's is only marginally better, sorry.

                    FOS is my favorite food on earth, so maybe I am picky.

                    In Boston I think the best I've had is at La Voile. I had intended to go have some for lunch there at the bar today but got bogged down with work.

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      i also LOVE FOS.....don't have a favorite spot in Boston (haven't tried La Voile, good to know) but i will say I was distracted by the short rib bits in Gaslight's version. I haven't had it in years (since they first opened) but just didn't feel the short rib bits belonged in the soup.
                      My favorite is at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. Or is it Lenox? Regardless, not Boston.

                      La Voile
                      261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

                      Red Lion Inn Restaurant
                      71 S Main St, Cohasset, MA 02025

                      1. re: twentyoystahs

                        Red Lion Inn? Interesting. I have always thought of that as an indian pudding kind of place. Good to know.

                        Red Lion Inn Restaurant
                        71 S Main St, Cohasset, MA 02025

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          My favorite French onion soup in the city. Maybe there are consistency issues? I don't always get it.

                          I, too, am a fan of the raw-beet salad.

                          Other favorites:
                          The cod and chorizo dish that used to be called poêlée espagnole
                          Roast salmon, the version with the meyer lemon confit and escarole
                          Steak tartare (shocking how much flavor they coax out of fairly mundane mushrooms
                          Seared tuna flatbread (late-night menu)

                          1. re: Jolyon Helterman

                            @Jolyon - lol, was just about to say that on a return visit, having recently asked them to make me a double order of tartare as an entree, i forgot just how much I dislike their addition of the mushrooms. i felt kinda tacky just scraping them all off to the side, but other than that, the tartare was great.

                            the onion soup wasn't a standout.