Boston Restaurant Blog -- March, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The city of Quincy seems to have dining and drinking spots in every nook and cranny of its city, including several within a complex called The Common Market Restaurants, which is just a bit off the beaten path in Quincy, yet within shouting distance of the Southeast Expressway. The place includes a number of eateries that run the gamut from a frozen yogurt spot to a European-style bistro, and it is this latter spot--Cafe de Paris--that a number of us went to recently, and the experience was mostly a good one, though with a few minor bumps along the way.
Cafe de Paris is a slightly upscale and somewhat elegant restaurant whose atmosphere is quite attractive; the hardwood floors, white tablecloths, and use of brick and dark woods throughout help make the place look a little like a classic French bistro, though the harsh spotlights can be a bit much for those who are sensitive to light. A very attractive bar can be found adjacent to the main dining area, with more seating surrounding the bar. A function room is available upstairs, and a private section called the "Paris Room" is also on the premises.
We tried a number of food and drink items at Cafe de Paris, with starters including a baked spinach artichoke dip that was so delicious that it was gone in a flash, causing us to have to order a second plate. The chicken tenders were basic (there isn't much you can do with chicken tenders), while the Caesar salads were tasty, with a decent dressing included and long strips of anchovies added. Our meals were mostly satisfying, with both the juicy and tender prime rib and the flaky haddock Parisienne (haddock broiled with white wine, lemon and seasoned with herbed breadcrumbs) being very nicely presented. The chicken marsala was also a winner, with the mixture of sweet wine sauce and mushrooms, garlic, and shallots making for a complex-tasting dish, while the steak au poivre included a rich gorgonzola cheese glaze. The pizza, however, was a disappointment, with a mushy crust and almost no sauce, while the croque monsieur was greasy with the bread overwhelming the sandwich, which didn't include much ham inside. Beverages included beer and mixed drinks, with the scotch and soda being downright cheap (about $6.00) for its size, though the negroni was a disappointment, having a very harsh taste to it. Service was friendly and professional from start to finish, and prices were mostly reasonable.
I have been to a few of the places at The Common Markets now (including Darcy's Pub and the Chowder House), with each experience being mainly a positive one. And that pretty much goes for Cafe de Paris as well (blips aside), with the atmosphere and service being standouts along with some of the dishes served. If you're looking for an upscale spot south of Boston that won't break the bank, this attractive bistro isn't a bad option at all.
If you want the address for Cafe de Paris, here it is: Cafe de Paris, 97 Willard Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.
I much prefer the Cafe de Quincy in Paris!
Posted on 3/22/12
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