Recent reviews have not been complimentary and, based on a recent visit with five friends, have understated the qualities of this restaurant.
The restaurant is a traditional white table cloth establishment in an old bank building with high ceilings. The tables are spaced sufficiently apart to allow privacy for a couple. The high ceiling results in good acoustics and easy and audible conversation among members of a large group.
Service was fine. A larger group always tests the memory and professionalism of the wait staff. All of us received what we ordered with no confusion. service on a busy Friday was friendly and timely.
Regarding the food, all six of us ordered a salad and one of two specials, a pork chop with chutney and sweet potato, and a bluefish with little neck clams. Among the salads, the heirloom tomato salad was well-received, the beet salad seemed a little short on beets and no color variety among the beets on the plate.
Both specials performed well. The bluefish was presented with a crisp skin, succulent on the inside in a shallow bowl with a light broth surrounded by the clams. Reportedly, the clams could have been tastier. The presentation of the pork dish have been more modern but the ingredients and flavors were just fine. The pork was especially succulent.
One word of advice to diners who want to avoid salt (see prior reviews). Order from among the specials rather than the a la carte menu; the specials are likely to have been sourced the same day or the day before just for that evening.
Pricing is reasonable at Flora, main courses around $25. We also enjoyed two bottles of a good quality Sauvignon Blanc, around $30 per bottle that would have been priced closer to $50 in Boston.
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