May 12, 2006
The first time my friend and I dined at Laurel, I had to convince him that it was a great place for a sit-down meal. We had looked at the menu online, and upon seeing the prices (which are extremely low), he had incorrectly assumed this place would be a dive. Upon seeing the restaurant, he exclaimed that he was pleasantly surprised. Contrary to the budget menu pricing, the interior of Laurel is quite nice and upscale (think white table cloths, elegant dining room, well-dressed service). My friend didn't know such a place existed within the Boston city-limits.
Aside from the posh decor, the budget menu of Laurel is unexpectedly splendid as well. They have a wide variety of foods that are all well-prepared with gourmet touches. For an appetizer we ordered the tuna tartare salad which came elegantly presented with Asian touches on a bed of mixed greens. This would have been at least $12-$15 at other comparable restaurants, but at Laurel all the appetizers are between $4 and $8.
My friend ordered the crispy duck platter for his entree and I ordered the polenta casserole. The duck was $12, the polenta $10. Both arrived at our table on huge plates with finishing garnishes and the works. These easily could have costed $20-$30 at other area restaurants, but not at Laurel. Both of us were very happy with the presentation and the preparation of our meals. The taste, while not too sophisticated, was very good nonetheless. All ingredients were fresh and the flavors melded well-together.
Also worth a mention at Laurel is the discounted martini menu. The concoction selections include key lime pie, mango, apple, chocolate, and many other delicious flavors. All are mixed well and the bartender is generous with the spirits. For $6-$8 a piece, these are a bargain when you consider other area restaurants are charging up to $14 per drink.
The service at Laurel is top notch as well. The waitress took our order expediently and checked on us several times to take drink orders etcetera. The wait at Laurel for a table can be a little bit of time on their busier nights, but they do take care to turn their tables over efficiently to seat the maximum number of diners possible. The efficient service with a smile was a nice touch to cap off the pleasant evening we spent dining here.
From journal Boston - Tourist in My Own City