It was a first visit to the Sycamore restaurant, which opened a few months ago in Newton Center and has built a fine reputation. Reception and seating were pleasant, and we had plenty of attention from the abundant and friendly staff, but were distracted by loud music. A mixed green salad came with a dressing that was quite salty. We were served a slice of bread, a hearty sourdough; the emptied bread plates and butter were removed before the entrée arrived, indicating there would not be a second slice. Swordfish was cooked just as requested, over spinach and a substantial Romesco sauce, and topped with braised leeks; their lower seasoning/salt level was welcome. A glass of the house Riesling was a pleasant accompaniment. The beignet desert, served on “milk jam” – a dulce de leche – was a balancing sweet and light finish. Decaf coffee was robust in taste if not in size; no refill was offered. A good addition to Newton Center choices, but not amazing.
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