P&C is a great choice in Cambridge for a upscale casual dinner. The dining room is warm and inviting with lots of bleached looking wood, old Edison filament lighting, partially open kitchen. The tables are a bit close together but not enough to detract. The service is friendly and not too hurried or obtrusive. We went on a Saturday night and the place busy. There is a nice vibe in the dining room when it is full. Just the right noise level to give it energy. The crowd was mostly late 20's to early 50's couples. It isn't really conducive for children. The menu is not large but the food is creative and presented beautifully. I tried the signature Swordfish Pastrami. Beautiful strips of pepper seasoned, smoked fish with interesting accouterments like Horseradish Sorbet. My daughter had a beet salad. I know beets are kind of pedestrian these days but this salad was outstanding. Our mains were a Berkshire Pork Chop and a Roasted Chicken. Both tender and flavorful. Good white wine by the glass accompanied both entrees. If I had one complaint, it would be the Chocolate Pot de Creme dessert. It was more like a ramekin of chocolate ganache. Too dense in my view. Parking is a challenge as there is no valet or nearby lot. We found a spot on the street after a few laps around the block.
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