Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Earlier this month, I had mentioned being very disappointed in a meal from Sweet Chili in Arlington after having a number of decent meals from them in the past. Well, a similar situation came up at Demos in Waltham recently, but this was perhaps more of a case of sadness than disappointment, for reasons I'll get into below.
I used to go to Demos a lot years ago, and while the atmosphere was never a warm and fuzzy one, the decent food usually made up for the total lack of atmosphere. But this time, it seemed different; everything about the place, from the glum workers to the dank dining area to the uninspiring food, added up to an experience that was anything but pleasant. When we arrived, it was almost dusk but the overhead fluorescent lights were off, giving a gloomy aura to the nearly-empty place. Our food was brought over after a short wait, and other than perhaps the satisfying Greek salad, nothing really stood out. The gyro was bland and dry, while the moussaka was a greasy block of eggplant and beef that didn't seem fresh at all. The rice pilaf had a nice sauce on it, but much of the rice was dried out and clumpy. And the baklava that we had for dessert seemed a bit stale and had very little flavor. Smiles were tough to come by at Demos throughout the evening, as the folks who worked there seemed to be simply going through the motions.
I am really hoping that our trip to Demos came on an off-night for them. I'm not sure I'm willing to give them another chance, however, as there was nothing (food, atmosphere, service) that gave me any reason to return to this place, especially with such great Greek restaurants as the Farm Grill in Newton and Greek Corner in Cambridge fairly close by.
The address for Demos in Waltham is: Demos, 146 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA, 02452. The phone number is (781) 893-8359. There is also a Demos in Watertown, which is the original location.
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