- Kat Sep 12, 2013 09:14 AM
Any recommendations? The mains look a bit ho hum but the small plates look really interesting.
I had a disaster of a meal there a few weeks ago. Everything we had (mac and cheese, disco fries, kale salad, mushroom croquettes) was underseasoned, the burger seemed like a frozen patty and had an unappealing curry barbeque sauce on it, and the "fried chicken" was chicken breast cooked sous-vide, then flash fried (not bad, but bland and not what we were envisioning). Everything begged for more salt--so did we, and a shaker finally arrived when the entrees did.
Service was not attentive and frankly, kind of weird. Our server had some strange aversion to clearing away the empty plates off the table. Oh, and the bartender shouldn't complain about "what a pain" it is to make a cocktail (that's on the menu) to customers, who happen to be sitting right next to the person who ordered said cocktail (hi, that would be me).
As a show venue I like it a lot, but I won't be back for a meal.
Appreciate the feedback. We went last evening before dinner as we had tickets for a show. We must have hit it on a good night. The place was full and we sat outside on the deck (warm, humid night there was a nice breeze and this was before the rain). We started with a variety of small plates: asparagus with poached egg in a jar, deviled eggs with bacon, bone marrow tots, mussels, kale salad with faro and then shared a main, the spicy duck with marrow cornbread. Bone marrow tots had a surprising spicy kick as they melted in your mouth. I love anything with a poached egg on top and the asparagus was no exception. Duck was not really spicy but was cooked perfectly and wasn't fatty, which is what I usually dislike about duck. Deviled eggs were simple, but so retro, when was the last time you saw them on a menu? Made me happy just eating them. Did not try the mussels, but they were served with two slices of thick toast which spouse used to enjoy every drop of the broth in which they were served. Server was prompt and attentive; I have a shellfish allergy and he made a special trip to the kitchen to inquire about an ingredient. Not really fine dining, but price was equal to the quality. We both really enjoyed our meal and would dine here again before a show.
And Merrill & Co., and Local 149, and The Hawthorne, and Coda, and The Citizen, and Russell House Tavern, and about 50 other places.
Used to be a novelty (I remember how tickled I was at Oleana's outstanding version about 15 years ago, when a meze menu section was something new); now you can't escape them.
I have only been to the Sinclair once before a show - and I have to report that we, too, must have been on an off night if the place is indeed the disaster others report. I had the steak tartare and a beet salad that was fab. My husband had the burger that was perfectly serviceable. The service was a bit off, but not that I would complain about it or even really remember it - and the server himself was super nice in spite of the timing issues. The joint was crazed and there was a big show - so the atmosphere was wild. (Enjoyably wild for us - not sure how the staff liked it.) Overall, I thought it was great to have the convenience of dinner before the show - and we all loved our food. So... count me among the dissenting. I'd go back again before a show.
Thanks for the correction. I should have said that in my experience, I'd not seen them in a menu recently. Guess I need to expand my hipster dining horizons, LOL.
Resurrecting this thread. I was pleasantly surprised by a couple of snacks here recently:
fried pickles - the pickles are shaved, breaded and fried; unfortunately this lends to the pickle mostly falling out of the breading. Also, greasy. At least the dipping sauce was great.
disco tots - um, heck yeah. Awesome bar food. Potentially even better than all those tot dishes at Lower Depths. I am a sucker for tots.
buffalo cauliflower - I appreciated that the cauliflower was roasted, not fried. Well balanced; an enjoyable veggie dish.
Pimento cheese olives - the crumbled bacon added nothing - a DC commented that these would have been better fried.
BBQ brisket sliders - slightly dry, but the meat itself was tender and flavorful.
Drinks are well crafted. Services is forgetful at best, downright unavailable at worst.
I love the fact that you can really get dinner & a show here. And that the food is better than edible. We'll be back.
This may have something to do with the fact that Schlow is no longer involved with the project, which given his recent track record is hard to view as a bad thing. The new guy spent time at Strip-T's and UpStairs: http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014... His menu seems to have a Southern bent to it.