For a belated V-day dinner, the bf and I hit up Sorellina (1 Huntington Ave) which is right behind ye olde Boston Public Library. It seems like in Boston restaurants have gotten worse and worse, so much so that whenever we make the effort to go out we’re always reminded of why we avoid eating out. A had had a good time at the bar previously, and although the ambience was good in the dining room and the service was impeccable (which in Boston is no small thing), we found the food to be quite unremarkable. I started with the beets and had the mushroom fettuccini, the latter of which was indeed nice and mushroomy but unfortunately completely drenched in butter. Also had a side of “truffled fries with parmigiano” which were good but salty. A had a simple salad, but his pork (a special) was in his words “bland, overcooked, dry, and tasteless.” But the service is good! Which makes it all worthwhile. Ha ha. Their official website is here.
Sorellina forms quite a contrast to Great Bay (500 Commonwealth Ave in Kenmore Square) which has subpar food and mediocre service. Great Bay is a prime example of a place that has really, really gone downhill. A and I used to go fairly regularly because of a friend who was a regular there (note “was”), but apparently in recent times they’ve dumbed down the menu, presumably in their attempts to appeal to the Red Sox crowd. The chef has changed and we know for a fact that some of their best staff have also quit in disgust. I hadn’t realized the place had changed so drastically, so when I went a couple of weeks ago it was quite an unpleasant surprise. The food ranged from uninteresting to downright mediocre with a notable lack of vegetarian offerings even compared to their previous menus, but the service was even worse: our server thew down the cutlery without any regard for where it was being placed; she wandered away in the middle of bringing out our entrees to attend to another table; and in general did her best to make us feel she could care less about our dining experience. So stay away, all.
I wish I could end on a happier note, but no. A and I had been to Cuchi Cuchi (795 Main St, near Tosci’s, i.e. between Central and Kendall) once before, and I didn’t remember a thing about it. So when we were hard up for a place to eat out nearby we checked it out again. Cuchi Cuchi bills itself not as a place for “tapas” per se, but instead they offer up “small international plates”. We ordered six plates for three people which was a decent amount, and the food was okay, albeit unremarkable in and of itself. But the main problem is that the food is way overpriced for what it is; this is a case of a restaurant with misguided beliefs about the quality of their food. The ambience was irritatingly campy, with all the female waitstaff in hats and feathers and flapper-type or similarly silly dresses. But apparently from the reviews on Yelp we’re in the minority there in our opinion. I suppose it’s a presentation that would only work in Cambridge if at all, and as a place to grab a snack and a drink with a friend from out of town it would be a decent option; but as a place for sit-down dining it’s definitely not a place we’d go back to.
We’ve gotten way behind on the restaurant scene and I still cling to the hope that we’ll find someplace we’re completely impressed with. Stay tuned …