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CocoDan Dec 9, 2013 06:44 AM

Anyone recently been to Kirkland? Have they worked out the "new restaurant kinks" yet? Have a friend insisting on going for a little Christmas repast. What am I looking at? Haven't heard much mention lately.
Hope to Enjoy,
Cocodan

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  1. maillard Dec 10, 2013 06:47 AM

    I went this week and thought it was fine. The space is really nice. Very warm and welcoming. The bartending is stellar. Super friendly service, interesting delicious drinks. The food is just okay. Not bad, but $8 brussels sprouts should be fantastic (or at least very good) not "fine". The rest was about the same. The quality of the food seems more like what I'd expect from a pretty affordable pub rather than a place with these prices. Though the plating is quite fancy. :)

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      CocoDan Dec 10, 2013 06:56 AM

      Thanks. The Globe's recent review made it sound like the next best thing! Doesn't sound like it knocked you out.
      CocoDan

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        David_A Dec 10, 2013 02:03 PM

        All the price comments will keep me away from this place. I'll just keep going to Highland Kitchen, which is awesome and affordable.

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          kpmcg Dec 10, 2013 03:14 PM

          i've been a couple times now and i don't think this place can sustain what they're doing... i agree with what's been said; the food is "fine," the service good, but at the current price point things just don't add up.

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            valcfield Dec 10, 2013 03:16 PM

            i haven't tried any of the larger plates on the menu, but i think that, as with many shared-plates type places, there are some great values, and some not-so-great. The chicken wings at the bar (done sort of street-corn style with cotija and corn, iirc, as well as green chile sauce) were incredibly reasonably priced and delicious. The lamb ribs were quite good as well, though they were on the more borderline side value-wise.

            In other news, as an aside, I think perhaps the most interesting part of kt&t is that it is not just a markedly different style of cooking for Maws, but (just based on those two dishes), a very different set of flavor profiles than is on display at Craigie (and, by multiple visits and menu stalking, really hasn't changed that much over the last couple years).

            For someone who was so formerly averse to opening up a second spot, it seems kt&t has done a good job for helping him up his game creatively.

            Of course, as I said, that's based off a someone limited experience with the kt&t menu, so I'd be interested to hear from others if they feel similarly.

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              C. Hamster Dec 11, 2013 03:55 PM

              The price points if the places that are opening up recently are too rich for my blood.

        2. CocoDan Dec 11, 2013 08:42 AM

          Thank to all for he comments. I'm really not that blown away by the menu, but am willing to give it a try based on high succeses at Craigie.
          CocoDan

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            CportJ Dec 11, 2013 09:09 AM

            I went last week and thought it was awesome. I hadn't realized how big that space was.

            The swordfish chops were the highlight for me. I've never had that preparation and normally avoid swordfish on restaurant menus at all coat for fear of a dense, dry hunk. Second was the excellent spaghetti dish that has gotten raves, followed by the juicy, fatty lamb ribs. My friend enjoyed his cheeseburger (but didn't share).

            I'm missing a few things that were good but not on the highlight reel. I think the terrine, an off-menu mixed green salad (by request to cut some of the heaviness and cheerfully accommodated), a fish dish, and the pumpkin stew (which really was a highlight but has rotated off the menu).

            Good cocktails, nice beer list. The bag or bat shots were cute, cold, light, on the sweet side. Pleasant service. Packed with Harvardians (specifically, not just Cantabrigians) on the late weeknight we went, so I think they will fare well, despite the price tag.

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              justbeingpolite Dec 16, 2013 07:15 AM

              I completely agree, except I LOVED the spagetti dish, with the sword chop coming in second. Very pleasant service when I was there.

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              mkfisher Dec 11, 2013 12:18 PM

              That kielbasa with the sauerkraut and mustards is a real treat.

              1. croutonweb Dec 11, 2013 01:08 PM

                The grilled salmon head is fantastic.

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                  chiba Dec 14, 2013 03:13 PM

                  The front-row kitchen seats are a lot of fun. A pork chop special was juicy and good. Sides of polenta and brussels sprouts were fine. Great environment though and super-welcoming service. Look forward to trying again.

                  1. jgg13 Dec 17, 2013 03:22 PM

                    Went last night and overall had a great time.

                    We had a trotter special, which was an app sized affair w/ 3 patties & a remoulade type sauce, the brussels, the spaghetti dish & the pork chop special. Also had the port soaked apple dessert.

                    The pork chop was the star of the show, it'd been a while since either of us have had a pork chop that good. Granted YMMV based on how well it is cooked, but ours was perfectly done.

                    I really liked the spaghetti but was slightly disappointed but IMO only because my expectations had been set unrealistically high due to chatter online. She thought it was fantastic.

                    I liked both the trotter & brussels but neither were super-duper-awesome, just tasty and solid.

                    The port soaked apple dessert was really good.

                    Cocktails were good (FYI, the standard negroni is $11. I forget what the price for the 750 was but it turns out to be only 10pm+). I had a dessert cocktail that was like a chocolate egg cream but using a chocolate amaro. It was good, not great - at first I dug it but it got a bit old after a while. Kudos to the server for recognizing that (he said it was new) and asking me for feedback on it.

                    Service was really good, exuberant without being annoying about it.

                    All in all it was a great time. It does still seem odd to be paying nearly craigie prices (our tab for 2 was more than what we'd typically rack up at CoM bar, for instance) for a much more casual experience. Personally I like the un-stuffy atmosphere but there's still some cognitive dissonance involved w/ atmosphere vs. price. That's how life is these days though.

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                      skimom Jan 6, 2014 12:37 AM

                      Went last night and disappointed, especially in the service. Was looking forward to a casual place with great food, and having enjoyed Craigie on Main, thought this would be perfect for a recovering from the holidays date night. Food was fine, but nothing special and one dish was really not even good ( some sort of vegetable stew that was an incoherent mess). For the prices one can get a much better meal elsewhere ($130 for 2 with 2 glasses of wine or beer each, no dessert). I get that the servers are supposed to look faux Brooklyn hipster, but that doesn't mean you forget
                      a basic rule of service and bring all the dishes at once. We felt very rushed even though the dining room was only half full at best. Would not go back.

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                        ac106 Jan 6, 2014 04:15 AM

                        Doesn't the menu specifically say dishes come out as they are cooked and not all at once?

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                          jgg13 Jan 6, 2014 05:25 AM

                          Yes it does.

                      2. CocoDan Jan 6, 2014 06:33 AM

                        Interesting!
                        CocoDan

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                          maillard Jan 6, 2014 09:17 AM

                          So did you end up going? What did you think?

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                            CocoDan Jan 6, 2014 11:47 AM

                            Friend from the Cape that was interested in going could not get here because of the inclement weather last week. Will try again soon and report back. I'm not particularly jumping up and down about going after the mixed reviews here.
                            Hope to Enjoy,
                            CocoDan

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