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"With its sexy 40's atmosphere that transports you straight to Europe, Cuchi Cuchi is an entertaining and memorable night out. Fantastic cocktails, small internationally inspired dishes meant for sharing, and sassy service take this fabulous restaurant to the top of Phantom's list.

Final Score: 87
Date :  11/16/2002
Rating:  Gourmet Greatness

Atmosphere:  9
A home away from home for the stylishly eccentric, Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge wears relaxing, pale yellow wood walls with a dramatic collection of mismatched tiles, antique chandeliers, and lamps. The gorgeous old-world bar is set with ornate stained glass and an aura of naughty romance.

Menu:  9
Every mouth-watering item on the eclectically international menu is served tapas-style, in small portions meant for sharing and nibbling. High-maintenance cocktails are fabulously strong and imaginative.

Appitizers:  9
Phantom began with a bowl of robust Pumpkin Corn Soup, wonderfully choppy in texture and subtly sweet. The elegant Tuna Carpaccio featured a timbale of glittering Salmon Tartar, luscious watermelon, and red-onion-studded Couscous, while scrumptious Scallops Provencale on the half-shell came seared on a garlic-mushroom bread-stuffing pillow.

Entrees:  9
Moving on, the tender Braised Duck Shank glistened with its espresso-habanero glaze. Outstanding Mussels Thessalonika bathed in an excellent acidic white wine and garlic broth, and the extraordinary Pumpkin Risotto flaunted its dreamy creamy base, pistachio jewels, and Parmesan dusting.

Desserts:  8
An exceptional dessert of French Banana Bread, layered fried bananas, banana bread toasts, and ice cream. Sensational Chocolate Mousse with crunchy almond brittle.

Portions:  9
Portions are larger than traditional tapas and perfect for sharing. Two to four plates are appropriate for each person.

Service:  9
Servers are larger than life, fun, and capable. The men flash rhinestone necklaces, and everyone sports snug black outfits that show a bit of skin.

Cleanliness:  9
Also revealing was the spotless water closet, where the clean and charming attitude matched that of the dining room.

Value:  9
Most plates cost a modest $6 to $9, making for a very affordable, yet extravagant mix-and-match meal.

Location:  7
Cuchi Cuchi adds to its international neighborhood on Main Street in Cambridge, not far from its sister restaurant, Dali. Tough on street parking is by Cambridge permit only, making a taxi the preferred option."

Cuchi Cuchi
795 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617.864.2929     Fax: 617.864.7997