As a nighttime dining spot, Salamander is well-known for its high-voltage
fusion cuisine, but it also does a casual, cafeteria-style lunch at very
reasonable prices. Those who find themselves in Kendall Square area at midday
can choose from an astonishing array of pasta and vegetable salads ($9 per
pound), from mixed local greens to tropical couscous and rice with
mango-and-mint dressing . The sandwiches, under headings "traditional" (for
example, tarragon-chicken salad with Dijon mustard and sprouts) and "funky"
(such as pastrami with horseradish-mayonnaise, watercress, pepper-jack cheese
and shallot jam) are generous on style and substance, and come garnished with
sweet-potato and other root chips. Desserts range from ginger-molasses cookies
(75 cents) to fresh-cherry pie and a luscious peach tart (each $1.50). Beyond
all this exotic fare -- and perhaps best of all -- you get to eat in
Salamander's spacious, airy atrium, which will make you feel as if you've
gotten a lot more than you paid for.
Salamander, located at 1 Athenaeum Street at the corner of First Street in
Cambridge, serves its cafeteria-style lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30
a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 225-2121.
-- Sarah Lydon