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Dalya's, Bedford

 Our friend Jon is in town for the week and so we had dinner with him tonight. The problem was he is staying in Chelmsford, and it’s pretty much a culinary wasteland between there and Cambridge. I settled on Dalya’s in Bedford as it is about halfway in between. We were seated upstairs in the “library,” a pleasant enough room, with warm red walls and dim lighting.

 

It’s a Mediterranean inspired menu, and they offer a 3 course prix fixe menu for $34. R and Justin opted for that, while Jon and I decided to go a la carte. I started with a garlic, mushroom and crabmeat flan. I had an unbelievable crab flan at EVOO many, many years ago and it still sticks in my mind. I was happy to say this flan was also delicious, probably not as great as the one at EVOO, but pretty tasty. I had a seafood stew for my entrée and it was enormous. It could have easily fed 2 or 3 people. It was loaded with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, salmon, swordfish, squid, peppers, tomatoes and pasta. I barely put a dent in it. The shellfish were cooked well, but I think the swordfish and salmon were a little overdone. The broth had a good briny flavor.

 

Jon had the Long Island duck. I had a taste, it was cooked correctly and had crispy skin, but not as flavorful as duck can be. R had a crab cake to start (very ordinary) and the sirloin (there he goes, getting steak again at a non-steakhouse, sigh). It was cooked correctly, a decent boring steak.

 

Justin had a Caesar salad to start, which came with real anchovies, yum. He had a broiled salmon, which he stated was overcooked.

 

Both R and Justin had the chocolate pecan breading pudding, which came with their prix fixe menu. It was okay, not much chocolate favor. The vanilla ice cream that came was it was good, I believe it’s homemade from Bedford Farms, right next door.

 

The service was good, and portions were huge. I wouldn’t go to Dalya’s as a destination, but if you are in needed of a restaurant in that area, it’s a decent choice. 

http://www.dalyas.com/

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