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Oct 24, 2013 01:32 PM

Hey, Where's our Team Spirit? Ribelle Gets FOUR STARS!!****

I'm so psyched for Tim Maslow, the dude with focus, stamina and creativity to beat the band!

The Boston Globe's Devra First last gave 4 stars in 2010, to Menton, so it's a particular pleasure for me to see a bistro chosen for this high accolade.Aside from whatever criticism you might throw at the review, isn't it great that a CH fav has rcvd this recognition, and that it comes from our very own (local)Devra First?

2 most recent Ribelle CH threads:

< Gimme an 'R' .......! >

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  1. Have you even visited Ribelle yet?

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    1. re: Infomaniac

      Ok, by weird chance (we never go out on Saturday night if we can help it) we snagged two seats at the bar. We were passing and popped our heads in and the hostess said she had two seats at the bar and we felt it was destiny. We had a rocky first experience but, as Strip-T's fans, definitely wanted to give it another go. Massive improvement over our August visit. We had superb drinks, the best mushroom dish we've had all year, the vegetables in both my cod dish (spinach and peanut something or other that was sumptuous) and spouses' pork chop were perfectly executed and the check, for our meals, drinks, a glass of wine each, came in at about $120.00. Yes, its still too noisy though oddly less noisy at the bar than on the floor, but this time each plate hit its mark, the service was just fine, and we can't wait to try more vegetables. Stepping up and into its zone, I think, which is going to be worth visiting.

      1. re: teezeetoo

        Thanks for the report. I'm glad to hear this, especially knowing that our tastes overlap.

        Call me old-fashioned, but I always wait at least three months for a new restaurant to get its rhythm before trying it out. I've been following this thread and looking forward to reading a post like this. I'm definitely forewarned of the noise and somewhat prepared (I'm thinking we may shoot for the bar for our first visit).

        1. re: Klunco

          I'll be very interested to hear your take, Klunco. I was so glad to be able to report a positive experience since I was so bummed by my first try. Wishing them the best and hoping they keep the sense of enjoyment that made Strip-T's so appealing along with its food.

    2. i have and i thought that the food was great though other posters have commented on the noise level.

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      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

        not sure this is a great thing because I think a lot of folks are going to find it is not their concept of 4 star - we've already talked about the noise and the various service errors that are not worked out, the fact that the room is crowded and not particularly comfortable, and that they are still in the "sometimes it's a homerun, sometimes it just turns foul" stage of working through their menu. It may be old-fashioned, but for a restaurant to have 4 stars to me it pretty much has to be perfect at what it does. I've only been twice, I loved the pasta and actively disliked the treatment of the sweetbreads, and it was not, on any level from the food to the service, 4 star. Creative? Yup.. Likely to get better? Undoubtedly. L'Espalier? Not. And Devra gave Menton 4 stars which it didn't deserve either.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          i was very impressed by the food; less impressed by the rest of the restaurant.

      2. Does 4 stars from the Globe really mean anything? We're not talking the Times here.

        1. I can't say that the local media validating my restaurant choices matters all that much to me.

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          1. re: LeoLioness

            i agree with LeoLioness& Gabatta.- but i have been to Ribelle 4x now( 3x with a party of 8)& have enjoyed ourselves-- altho we were( prob )the ones contributing to the high noise level.

            1. re: kewpie

              we had another fairly good dinner there last night, party of 4. we had aglonotti that was just much too sweet and the Bolognese wasnt up to speed. thats when we reached our conclusion. it just wasnt ' better' than strip ts( not that it was to be') but equally as good but with much higher expectations.
              That said, we all( same party of 4) had lunch at strip ts today--------------- as delicious as ever. and we live 2 miles away.
              if only theresa paopao was in watertown!

          2. It's more than a stretch to describe this fairly new restaurant as "a CH fav". Gimme a break.

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              1. re: treb

                "CH authority." That kinda reminds me of "jumbo shrimp" or "plastic silverware".


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  <That kinda reminds me of "jumbo shrimp" or "plastic silverware">
                  or "CH Team Spirit". What WAS I thinking???

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    I'm all for solidarity among Chowhounds in the generalized relentless pursuit of good food and drink, high and low, whether unfairly overlooked or already appreciated by a wider audience. I'm totally on board with that kind of team spirit.

                    I try to avoid the spongier ground of anointing any specific place "a board favorite". Even if it is true that a place has a lot of vocal fans here, this tends to marginalize dissenters and support a narrative I dislike that there's an overarching gang or herd mentality here.

                    (Incidentally, I really like Ribelle, despite the noise. My review in the Improper coming Nov 1.)


                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      slim, one of your positive attributes is that you are usually The Voice of Reason in an often vituperous crowd, but as regards:
                      <... this tends to marginalize dissenters and support a narrative I dislike that there's an overarching gang or herd mentality here>
                      I find CH dissenters a very tough skinned bunch. In fact, i doubt they would ever allow themselve to feel marginalized. And , as to a CH herd mentality, I am equally unsure that that has ever existed. No worries; soooo many colors on the CH bus.

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        I've heard the complaint often enough to be wary of it, and wary of reinforcing it.

                        There are a couple of valuable former regulars we don't see around anymore, and I think in part it's because they felt this way.


                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Certainly I post less frequently, less gushingly, and more defensively, than I did in, say, 2006.

                          To their credit, however, the one or two bombastic regulars who really grind my gears _have_ learned, through feedback from posters and mods, to write somewhat more tactfully. I respect them for this.

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            Speaking only for myself, even though I doubt I ever attained the status of "regular", I certainly post here less frequently than I used to. I enjoy sharing a good tip and helping people with questions. I don't enjoy being told The Truth or to getting involved in or even listening to (frequently unresolvable) debates among Those Who Know. So, it seems to me that Slim has a very good point.