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70 Union Sq. (Washington St.) Send to Phone

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Macondo Grill Restaurant Review

: Paul Sussman has always cooked with real know-how and cultured sensitivity. But his last restaurant, Daddy O’s, ran its course and proved a little too shapeless in concept. He’s now back with Macondo, a more evolved and seemingly timely haunt, moderately priced for the times, in a downstairs spot on Somerville’s Union Square. The to-the-point and flavor-forward cooking of his Chilean mother, Raquel Sussman, is the influence for Sussman’s first solo restaurant. The name comes from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude---it is the town meant to represent South America. Latin though it may be in starting point, the cooking is crafted with an eye toward approachability and realism at Macondo. Greens topped with grilled squid, with lashings of pumpkinseed vinaigrette. Wood-roasted game hen with an Andalusian-eqsue sherry vinaigrette and mashed potatoes partnering. Autumnal wood-grilled cod with cranberry beans and pea tendrils. Ceviches and anticuchos to munch on as apps or as booze sponges at a bar serving Pisco sours, Caipirinhas, and other sexy Latin tipples.


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