Small Bite: The Great Cover-up

By Alyssa Giacobbe | Boston Magazine |

“Americans can eat garbage,” wrote Henry Miller, “provided it’s sprinkled with ketchup, mustard…or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor.” And so it goes at Sauciety in the shiny new waterfront Westin.


“Americans can eat garbage,” wrote Henry Miller, “provided it’s sprinkled with ketchup, mustard…or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor.” And so it goes at Sauciety in the shiny new waterfront Westin. The name—a hybrid of “sauce” and “society”—is only slightly more clever than the concept: a place “where people come together to share an experience involving flavorful sauces.” Indeed, the actual food—swordfish, tuna, pork loin, who cares!—seems an afterthought compared with the 20 spreads, dips, chutneys, and foams. The best was a red-pepper romesco; the worst a tie between the lobster-vanilla foam and caramelized onions, which were fine but not exactly sauce. The waitstaff, however, was eager to please and genuinely excited by the concept, right down to the surprisingly decent chocolate cake served in—you guessed it—chocolate sauce. It’s a gimmick that may appeal to kids and convention center masses, but if you’re looking for refined dining, look elsewhere.
Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston, 617-532-4670, sauciety.com.