Went to Doretta Taverna for the first time last evening before going to see the excellent Dogfight at the Speakeasy Stage at the Calderwood Pavilion. We sat at the bar. The cocktails were excellent, though I found their cocktail menu a bit dull, the bar tender did make us excellent rye Manhattans, and Sazeracs.
Now for the food.
Three Spreads with pita - $17 Couldn’t tell if the pita was housemade as advertised, but it was good and warm, and the three spreads (hummus, eggplant, and an especially yummy yogurt with jalapeno) were all very good.
Lamb Meatballs - some folks might not like the crispy outer texture, but we both did, and it’s a generous portion of six small meatballs for $12.
15 hour lamb shoulder $32 This was a pile of deconstructed meat from the shoulder, served with what I think was superfine chopped Brussels Sprouts (it’s not listed on the online menu, and I don’t remember what the menu said when I ordered it). In any case, the meat, though nice and “lamby” was under seasoned. It really needed some spice, or at least salt and pepper. The side veg was similarly under seasoned. My wife wasn’t very hungry so she ordered the much touted Village Salad. Now this is not a lettuce laden salad, it’s just tomatoes, cukes, red onion, olives,
oregano, and red wine vinegar. It was delicious. My issue with it was that it’s a side salad sized salad, and costs $14. I expected at least a dinner plate sized salad (a did my wife).
We had some Greek cookies $10 for six cookies that while very good, aren’t any better than what you can get at any of the Armenian markets in Watertown (and are pretty similar).
All in all, I’d return for apps and drinks at the bar, but other than that I’ll pass. It’s just too much money for what you get. I don’t mind paying for what I perceive as quality, but we didn’t like any of the main dishes enough to call them “quality”.