Anyone Been to Geoffrey's Cafe's Recently?
Has anyone been to Geoffrey's Cafe since it opened on Berkeley Street? If so, how is the food? I thought the food wasn't as good at the Roslindale location as it was on Tremont Street and am hoping it's back to its original South End quality.
And how is the noise level? The one in Roslindale was so loud that conversation was impossible.
I've only been early on weeknights (I work nearby) and the noise level has ben fine. Food is solid, occasionally better than that... it's more reliable than any of the constantly-turning-over places on Stanhope, and less expensive than pretty much anything around but Flash's, so while it's not stellar I'm glad it's there.
I agree with MC Slim JB and give it a solid 'okay'. The menu seems a little diffuse now; i don't remember the south end one ever offering pizza. And they seem to have dropped the roasted chicken salad, which is too bad, as I don't know any place else that serves something similar. The space is also cavernous compared to Tremont St. I miss the funky crowdedness of the original.
I have a hard time comparing a place to its incarnation three locations and fifteen years ago, because I'm never sure how much the food has changed vs. how much I have changed. That said, I've dined at the new Back Bay Geoffrey's twice, and thought it was decent for the money and the neighborhood, not much different than its predecessor Laurel, albeit more American (no lunch omelet, for instance).
Still a hopping bar crowd there for the big drinks. At this point I'd call it just okay, with many familiar standbys (roast half chicken, meatloaf, sausages, steak tips, quiche, big salads), and a formula that probably seemed much more novel before "upscale comfort food" became such a ubiquitous cliche.