Boston Restaurant Blog -- April, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
As much as I like the Marina Bay section of Quincy, it always seems to me that the restaurant scene is a bit on the low to middle end, and at times bordering on the honky tonk. None of the restaurants are trashy, but the places I have been to seem to be more about the views than the food. But I had never been to Siros Restaurant before (at least not the one at Marina Bay--been to the others that are now closed), and going there earlier this week greatly changed my opinion of dining in this coastal Quincy community.
From the outside, Siros looks a bit like the other restaurants along the boardwalk at Marina Bay, with outdoor dining in the warmer months and a dining room with windows overlooking the water. But the inside of Siros borders on elegant, with white tablecloths, attractive sconces on the walls, and carpeting that helps keep the noise level down. The waitstaff seems professional yet friendly, which is more than I can say for some of the servers I have dealt with at other places in the area in the past.
We were originally looking to order off the regular menu at Siros, but noticed that there was a separate prix fixe menu that had been for the fall and winter, but had been extended into the spring. And what a deal it was--only $20 for a three-course meal that included soup/salad, an entree, and a dessert. We decided on that route, but first started with some house wine (a smooth chianti and a rich cabernet) while nibbling on their tasty hummus and bread. We began the three-course meal with a slightly bland but decent Italian wedding soup and a thick clam chowder that was overstuffed with pieces of clams. For our main course, we tried the pasta with bolognese sauce (fresh pasta, hearty and flavorful bolognese sauce) and the sauteed chicken with penne and broccoli in a cream sauce (fresh and chewy pasta, lots of chicken, and a deliciously cheesy-tasting sauce). Desserts were pretty good; the chocolate cake was served hot and wasn't bad, though it didn't have a ton of flavor, while the bread pudding had a slight apple taste that added a nice touch to it.
Marina Bay has never really been a food destination for me (more of a place for a drink or a casual stroll), but I may need to re-think this now that I know about the quality of the Italian and Mediterranean cuisine served at Siros. And if they can keep the fixed-price menu around (and keep it at a low price), it's all the reason more to return to Marina Bay, preferably on a warmer and less rainy night when I can sit at one of the outdoor tables.
If you are looking for the address for Siros in Dedham, here it is: Siros Restaurant, 307 Victory Road, Quincy (Marina Bay), MA 02171. The phone number is (617) 472-4500.
Rachel C said:
This is VERY overpriced for the sub-quality food they serve. We ordered two appetizers ($12 each)and both were a disappointment. The "sirloin and cheese cannoli" tasted like a Philly cheese steak wrapped in filo dough. The portions for the main courses were surprisingly small and after dinner not only were we not satisfied, we were still hungry! The Robert Mondavi wine they served (only red on the menu) was $9 a glass and I know for a fact that I bought a bottle of that for $8.95 last week. Awesome view but very much a disappointment.
Posted on 6/1/09
I tend to avoid the crowds of the summer and frequent Siros in the winter when I can get a quiet table and take advantage of the comfort classics menu that has fifteen dollar items like the bolognese the last post spoke about. We have been back three times the past year even though we live about 40 minutes away.
Posted on 12/9/09
The comment about the wine price is quite ridiculous. If you go to any restaurant you should know that most likely they will charge a lot more for a bottle of wine that you can buy at the liquor store. Don't be so naive! If you want to go out and drink you will always pay more for it. If you want save money stay at home.
Posted on 6/6/11
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