When I got the news that one of my favorite downtown restaurants, Sel de la Terre, was closing, I was devastated. I'd had so many great meals there, celebrated meaningful occasions and appreciated that it was a two minute walk from my office. When I read that the space was being taken over by a new restaurant, I was hesitant. After many positive reviews from friends I decided it was time to make peace with the closing of Sel de la Terre and make room for a new possibility. That new possibility is named City Landing.
The night I headed to City Landing I walked from my office across the Greenway. The beautiful water feature at State Street was dancing in the sunset and it was so beautiful I had to take a picture.
Our wines were delivered in glass beakers which reminded me of high school chemistry class. Throughout the meal our waitress kept returning and topping off our glasses.
For dinner one of my friends ordered the baby lola salad which came topped with candied pecans, blue cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. She said she was underwhelmed.
We also ordered the toy box tomato salad. They had me at tempura asparagus. The salad came in a delicate arrangement that was so pretty everyone at the table stopped to photograph it.
Though the food and decor were great, the servers at City Landing are over eager to the point of disruptive. Our waitress returned to our table so often that on most occasions I'd only take one or two bites since her last pop by. We also had two different managers come by to ask about our evening. They came off as disingenuous and cheesy. Next to us, a man was trying to dine alone in peace and our waitress continued to badger him with questions. She even went so far as to say, "Sir, I see you're dining alone, would you like some reading material?" How insulting!
If you find yourself in the Financial District or near the Aquarium definitely consider City Landing for lunch, dinner or drinks. Just be prepared to fend off your server.