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Westbridge

Just had dinner at Westbridge this evening with my wife, and I am curious to know if other Chowhounder's have been as completely underwhelmed as we were.

We started with the much ballyhooed Egg in a Jar and an order of the Lamb with Fava. The Egg in a Jar was pretty good, but didn't even come close to living up to the hype. The egg itself was very well cooked, but lacked flavor (perhaps some salt would have helped), and the puree was fine, but didn't seem like anything to generate the amount of buzz I have heard about this dish. The lamb with fava was quite nice (and my favorite thing we ordered).

After this, we ordered a couple more small plates - the octopus and the burgundy snails. And we also ordered the Venison with plans to share all the dishes. Consistent with the Egg in a jar, I think everything was quite well prepared, but the flavors (or lack thereof), just didn't impress or add much to the meal.

The octopus was nice and tender (not rubbery), but as a dish, none of the components (fennel, chorizo, and farro) seemed to complement each other in any meaningful way. It was like a dish of random components that sounded good, but really didn't work together well at all. Same for the burgundy snails. I've had escargot several times, and this was probably the least memorable.

Finally, the venison was very nicely cooked and had a slightly smoky quality about it that was nice, but it was on a bed of grains that were very sweet and had an almost maple syrup-like quality that just didn't work for us.

The service was very nice, and the atmosphere was pleasant, and very Kendall Square appropriate. However, given the price point, I just felt totally underwhelmed and slightly robbed by the end of the evening.

Given the proximity to Hungry Mother, Oleana, and Puritan & Co, I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would choose to go here and spend this kind of money, when for similar (and sometimes lower) prices, you could get a truly inspiring meal at any of the aforementioned restaurants.

I apologize for the negative rant, but in all honesty, after reading a lot of praise of Westbridge, I just left the meal feeling underwhelmed by the flavors and balance in the dishes and somewhat cheated by the price point of the restaurant.

Apr 20, 2013
cseshag in Greater Boston Area
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Saturday Dinner in NoVa/DC - Looking for Recs

Hello DC 'Hounds...My wife and I are coming in to town for the weekend (from Boston) to visit with my parents who live in Annandale. We've never really had the opportunity to eat out very often when we're visiting, but this Saturday is my wife's Birthday, and her mother is in town for a conference, so I'd like to go out for a nice (not necessarily extravagant) dinner.

Most of the diners are pretty flexible/adventurous. The only major dietary restriction is that my father is vegetarian, so we're definitely looking for something vegetarian friendly. My inclination is towards something Middle Eastern/Mediterranean....We've gone to Zaytinya before, which was great - also because my parents tend to prefer small plates/small portions. I doubt we'd be able to get in there easily on a Saturday night, and of course, I love to try new places, so if there are other good Middle Eastern/Mediterranean places that are well loved please let me know. Also, I'm completely open to other suggestions as well....

As far as geography, we're willing to come into the city or stay in NoVa. I'm interested in checking out PX in Alexandria for cocktails, so if there are some good options in that area that would be a plus.

I appreciate any and all input.

Thanks!

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Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Oct 26, 2010
cseshag in Washington DC & Baltimore

Santa Fe Anniversary Dinner Recommendation

Thanks to everyone for all the recommendations! And my apologies that I haven't had any time this week to respond to some of the questions/suggestions.

First, to finlero's original question...Our favorite place for special occasion dining in the Boston area is Oleana in Cambridge. I love mediterranean/middle-eastern cuisines, so there's an obvious attraction. Also have been very impressed with Craigie St. On the high end of Boston dining, we haven't had the opportunity to eat at some of the more obvious/high profile choices (No. 9, L'Espalier, Clio, etc)....Our general tastes for dining out run to either east asian options or more neighborhood-y type places....In the Cambridge side of things, we spend a good bit of time at Green St. in Central Square. In Boston, we gravitate towards the smaller, low key placesin the South End - Metropolis and Orinoco are a couple of favs down that way. Sorry about the rambling nature of the list.

Regarding the many excellent suggestions offered, I am definitely most interested in the Southwestern influenced options...it's not that Boston necessarily does French/Italian better, but that Boston really doesn't do Southwestern/Mexican at all, so getting to partake of these flavors is very appealing. From looking at the menu, the options that seem most interesting are:

Santa Cafe
La Casa Sena
Restaurant Martin
The Compound

I think I'm currently leaning towards Santa Cafe based on the menu, but if folks have a different opinion, I'd definitely be open.

Finally, while the Ore House may not be the appropriate place for the Anniversary, we'll definitely put it on the list for one of the other meals we'll have while we're around. Also, I think Tia Sophia's has definitely made it on the list for Breakfast.

Thanks so much for everyone's input. It's greatly appreciated!

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La Casa Sena
125 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Tia Sophia's
210 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Ore House
50 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Oct 02, 2010
cseshag in Southwest

Santa Fe Anniversary Dinner Recommendation

My wife and I are heading down to Santa Fe (from Boston) for our 5th wedding anniversary in a few weeks, and I was hoping to get some recommendations for dining options...

The main recommendation I'm looking for is for the actual Anniversary dinner. A close co-worker who grew up in the Albuquerque area recommended Geronimo's or The Compound. I took a look and both look really great. After poking around the Chowhound board a bit, it sounds like there's some movement among the various chefs at the top restaurants, so I'd be curious to get a current perspective on these recommendations. Also, if anyone feels like there are better options, I'm definitely open to any recommendations...

Other than that, I'm really looking forward to getting some authentic Southwestern flavors and cuisine. Both my wife and I like bold flavors, spicy food, etc. So any suggestions for good local fare would also be highly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance!!

Sep 27, 2010
cseshag in Southwest

Looking for recommendations for good bars in the Southwest Suburbs

I am trying to setup a monthly Happy Hour for several co-workers (and former co-workers) after work on Wednesdays.

We're happy to rotate through a few different places, so I'm looking for some recommendations for potentially interesting bars that could handle about 20 people after work on a Wednesday. Our constraints are primarily geographic. Our office is in Norwood, and people live all over the place, so we're trying to keep it within about a twenty minute drive from work, though not south of Norwood, since almost everyone lives north.

We've gone out for drinks at the various new bars and restaurants in Legacy Place in Dedham, and I'm sure something over there will make it into the rotation. The other location we have frequented is Union St. in Newton Center. Beyond these places, I don't know too many places in that general area - I live in Arlington and tend to mostly hang out in Cambridge/Boston, so I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations that anyone might have for other interesting bars in that are that we could check out.

Thanks!

Aug 22, 2010
cseshag in Greater Boston Area

In town for business conference...looking for recs

Thanks for all the recommendations! To hesaid_nola and FoodChic, I've looked at both Cochon and Herbsaint. Both menus look wonderful. I need to check with my group and see if they have any preferences between the two, but I think either of these will work out well.

Thanks to CharlieH for the recommendation for the Butcher for lunch. I suspect I'll be grabbing several of my lunches here :)...

And thanks a lot to joedontexan for the great rundown of the bars. This is exactly the type of list and detail I was looking for, including the inside scoop on the bartenders to look for....I'll definitely be trying to hit as many of these locations as possible. After I posted my e-mail I started doing a bit of online research, and I had run across Cure which looks really great. And I have to get to the Carousel bar - a fav of Tennessee Williams and Faulkner as well as a good Vieux Carre - how can you go wrong :)...

I've been also reading through some of the posts on the board, and I have a few more questions if I could impose a bit more....

1) Great raw bars...I was noticing how cheap oysters are compared to the Northeast. We typically pay >$2 per oyster, so I'm looking to get my fill of oysters while I'm down there. Any suggestions?

2) I meant to ask this in my earlier post, but where should I go for great Gumbo Ya Ya and also some great Jambalaya? Is Mr B's the place to go or are there other places to consider?

3) Looking through some of the threads on the board, I've found a few places that look pretty interesting to me:

K-Paul's
Coop's Place
Casamento's
Green Goddess
GW Fins

I know this runs a range of difference prices (and I assume atmosphere, etc). However, I was wondering whether anyone has any opinions/comments on these places. Are there better alternatives, specific dishes to get, things to avoid, etc.

I'm getting very excited about the trip, and I'm realizing that I'm probably going to have to plan a separate trip with my wife for pure leisure.

Anyway, thanks for all the help. I really appreciated it!

Oct 07, 2009
cseshag in New Orleans

In town for business conference...looking for recs

Hi! I'm a Boston 'hound, and I'll be in New Orleans for six nights for a business conference, and I'm looking for recommendations. I'm really excited, as I haven't been to New Orleans as an adult with disposable income, and I'm looking forward to some very good food and drink.

I''ll be staying at the Wyndham by the Convention Center, and I won't have a car. So, I'm looking for things that I can get to on foot or by mass transit.

First, the specific things that I'm looking for:

1) I need a recommendation for dinner on a Friday night for six. It's a work dinner, so I'm looking for something nice, but not too formal. Something with a fun atmosphere where we can get some great drinks and enjoy a relaxed meal. Preferrably keeping entrees under $30.

2) Great bars to go out in the evening to get some great cocktails. I've heard that New Orleans has some great craft cocktail bars, but I don't know any by name. I would obviously like to have a great Sazerac while I'm in town, but generally looking for places that really take the care and effort with ingredients and mixing, etc. Always looking for places with good bartenders to chat with.

3) Some relatively quick lunch options around the convention center area. I'm expecting that I'll be pretty busy at the conference during the days, but I'd love to get some suggestions for places to duck out and grab some damn good food...Possibly one or two places where I might have a good sit down meal if I want to meet with a client, etc.

More generally, I love things that are spicy and complex in construction and flavor (hence, my excitement about coming to New Orleans). I definitely want to get my fill of seafood - esp. shrimp and oysters.

Anyway, I hope this isn't asking for too much, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Oct 05, 2009
cseshag in New Orleans

In town for business conference...looking for recs

Hi! I'm a Boston 'hound, and I'll be in New Orleans for six nights for a business conference, and I'm looking for recommendations. I'm really excited, as I haven't been to New Orleans as an adult with disposable income, and I'm looking forward to some very good food and drink.

I''ll be staying at the Wyndham by the Convention Center, and I won't have a car. So, I'm looking for things that I can get to on foot or by mass transit.

First, the specific things that I'm looking for:

1) I need a recommendation for dinner on a Friday night for six. It's a work dinner, so I'm looking for something nice, but not too formal. Something with a fun atmosphere where we can get some great drinks and enjoy a relaxed meal. Preferrably keeping entrees under $30.

2) Great bars to go out in the evening to get some great cocktails. I've heard that New Orleans has some great craft cocktail bars, but I don't know any by name. I would obviously like to have a great Sazerac while I'm in town, but generally looking for places that really take the care and effort with ingredients and mixing, etc. Always looking for places with good bartenders to chat with.

3) Some relatively quick lunch options around the convention center area. I'm expecting that I'll be pretty busy at the conference during the days, but I'd love to get some suggestions for places to duck out and grab some damn good food...Possibly one or two places where I might have a good sit down meal if I want to meet with a client, etc.

More generally, I love things that are spicy and complex in construction and flavor (hence, my excitement about coming to New Orleans). I definitely want to get my fill of seafood - esp. shrimp and oysters.

Anyway, I hope this isn't asking for too much, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Oct 05, 2009
cseshag in New Orleans

HELP! Need quick dinner rec for tonight

Hey NY 'hounds! I'm a Boston 'hound in for business. My colleagues and I are trying to come up with a good dinner rec for tonight. We're staying in midtown, but would much prefer dining down in the Village, SoHo, etc. Here are the parameters:

1) Ethnic - thinking either Middle Eastern or East Asian (maybe Japanese noodles or some great Chinese).

2) Not too expensive - maybe $20-$25 per person without alcohol.

3) We're a group of about 7-8, so some place where we can get in on a Friday night.

Thanks in advance! Sorry about the last minute plea :)...

Dec 12, 2008
cseshag in Manhattan

Boston 'Hounds coming to Portland for R&R weekend

Hi. My wife and I are coming up to Portland for an R&R weekend, and I was hoping to get some info from the local 'hounds. We'll be getting in Friday evening and staying through Sunday.

I'm planning on Street & Co. for Saturday night, and I think I'd like to go to Duck Fat at some point during the weekend, but I'm looking for other recs for things that are low key but with great food.

For friday night, I don't know what time we'll get in, so I don't want to plan on any place where I would need a reservation...Ideally I'd like to find some place to get a good meal that we could get in and out of in about an hour. Good beer or cocktails would also be a plus. Any ideas?

Other than that, my other question is about good bars. We will definitely want to take in the good local brew, but I'm wondering what beer bars also have good food?

I appreciate any suggestions/help.

Thanks!

Apr 07, 2008
cseshag in All New England Archive

Downtown San Diego Recs

Hi everyone! I'm a Boston 'Hound heading out to San Diego for a few days, and I'd love to get some recommendations. Here's my situation....

I'm coming in for a conference which is downtown at the Westin on Broadway. I'll probably be tied up at the conference during the days, but I'm expecting that I'll have some time in the evenings to explore the city a bit. Also, I may have one or two nights where I will be taking clients to dinner.

So, I'm basically looking for two different sorts of recommendations....

1) Places I can go on my own that are interesting, not too expensive. I'm pretty adventurous and enjoy anything that's good and local. I'd specifically like to solicit recommendations for good Mexican food (not sure how volatile a request this is on the San Diego board, but I can imagine this could cause some controversy) since the Northeast isn't exactly overflowing with good Mexican food options. Also, any interesting bars would be welcome - beer, wine, and interesting cocktails are all welcome. As far as location, I'd be willing to take recommendations for anything that I can get to either by foot or by mass transit.

2) For taking clients out, I'd be looking for places that are nice with very good wine lists within easy access to the convention hotel downtown (a short cab ride is fine). Not very particular on cuisine...just great food!

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

Jan 15, 2008
cseshag in California

A few days in Minneapolis

Hi! I'm coming into Minneapolis over the weekend of the 22nd. My wife is attending a conference, so I'm going to be out and about on my own. It's my first trip to the Twin Cities, and I thought I'd solicit some food recommendations.

Since I'll be mostly on my own, I'm not looking for fancy, upscale dining. I'm thinking of places might have a nice place to sit by a park or the river, places where I could get something like a sandwich as take out and walk around.

Also, if anyone has any recs on places to get a good beer in the afternoon that would be greatly appreciated. In particular either a good brewpub or someplace by the water to have a drink.

Thanks in advance! I look forward to seeing what recs I get.

Oh yeah, also, I'm open to about any kind of cuisine. However, if there are things that are uniquely Minneapolis I'd prefer that...

Jul 12, 2006
cseshag in Minneapolis-St. Paul

VT Food Recs

My wife and I live in Boston and we're planning a week long trip for the end of August. Our current plan is to drive up to Burlington, VT and spend a couple of nights there and then head up to Montreal and then Ottawa for the rest of the week and drive back.

So, I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for restaurants along the way - especially in VT. I know this is a very broad request, but we're open to all options - from the grease spoon diner to the upscale restaurants.

Thanks!!

Jul 12, 2006
cseshag in All New England Archive