Boston Restaurant Blog -- March, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Because I try so many different restaurants, there are few places that I return to more than a few times. But there are a handful that I go to quite often, including the Aegean Restaurant, a Greek dining spot in East Watertown. And it isn't so much that the Aegean has such great food (I actually feel that they can be inconsistent), but it is more the fact that there are few places I know of that can accommodate a large group of people on relatively short notice. And this is exactly what happened last weekend, as a large number of us were scrambling to find a dining spot that had enough room at the last minute. Fortunately, the Aegean came through for us, and as a bonus, it turned out to be one of the best all-around meals that we have had there.
We arrived at the Aegean around 3:00 in the afternoon, so it was a very late lunch for us. The table setup was strange (tables were put together in the shape of an "L," so that some of us had to turn completely sideways to talk to others), but there was a decent amount of elbow room. We ordered all kinds of appetizers and entrees, and unlike in the past with large groups at the Aegean, every single person at the table was happy with the food. My combo plate, for instance (which included moussaka, spanakopita, grape leaves, pastitsio, and roasted potatoes), was consistently excellent. The grilled salmon was also a big hit, as was the beef gyro. And because it was still considered lunchtime, the total price of the meal was an absurdly low $150 or so for eleven people.
I only wish the Aegean were this good all the time, but in my opinion, it isn't. The quality for me has been all over the map, from subpar to average to good to excellent to outstanding. But if the meal last weekend were any indication, perhaps the quality of their food will be consistently good from this point on. I may have to get back there soon to see if this is indeed true. No matter what, though, the Aegean remains a decent option for those who like Greek food and might be looking for a place that can seat larger groups.
If you are looking for the address for the Aegean Restaurant, here it is: Aegean Restaurant, 640 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. The phone number is (617) 923-7771.
Interesting. Especially as you keep going back even though the food is uneven. I always think that a restaurant is only as good as its last meal. I just went back to a restaurant last night I used to go here all the time, but had a bad meal after maybe seven good ones. Dinner was great and I felt bad for not having been there. So my question - why did you go back after bad meals?
Posted on 3/26/08
Good question! Actually, much of it has to do with the fact that I've been to several events, parties, and group gatherings there, so I sometimes don't have much of a say in the matter. This last time, we had eleven of us, and while it wasn't my first choice, it was about the only place that was able to take us at the last minute. I actually don't think I have ever been to the Aegean when it hasn't been a big group, now that I think of it.
Posted on 3/26/08
We went back to the Aegean today. It was mostly good; the grape leaves and Greek salad were excellent, and the roasted potatoes were very good, though I thought the spinach pie was a bit too salty.
Posted on 10/26/08
We returned yet again to the Aegean over the past weekend. This time, it was disappointing, with mostly subpar food and very poor service. The Greek salad had very little feta (and watery lettuce), the spinach pie was tough and chewy, and the roasted potatoes, though tasty, were a bit dry on the inside. About the only highlight was the plate of stuffed grape leaves, as they were meaty and delicious, and included a nice lemon sauce on top. I'm not sure I'll be heading back to this place anytime soon after this meal, unfortunately.
Posted on 7/26/10
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