Having a concert near Cambridge Common last night, a friend and I wanted to avoid the madhouse that can be dining in the Square on Saturday evenings during term.
So we ate at Aspasia, on Walden near Concord Ave.
And we had a delightful meal. This restaurant is more like a neighborhood bistro of sorts, and I would love to be living in that 'hood again and have this as a resource, as it were.
I started with the toothsome ravioli (5 of them), which were filled with a bright and delicate squash filling, just glazed rather than sauced or brothed. My friend had the honey pear salad, which was a good rendition, not over-dressed, with well-chosen greens.
I moved onto the lightly smoked duck breast. About 6 ounces of lovely medium-rare slices, with nicely seared skin. The cherry glaze was around the nice bit of greens underneath, and light; the food was prepared to let the natural taste (and hint of smoke) come through. A bit of leg confit and nutty and well prepared farro (always a favorite of mine) rounded out the plate.
My friend had two rather largish chops from a rack of lamb (but it was not at all muttony, as I had feared from the size), beautifully prepared.
Because we had to rush out, we had to omit desserts, but that menu looked thoughtful, with a lovely array of dessert wines that begged to be tried.
Service was attentive without attracting notice. The background jazz was at a level just to provide privacy for conversation without needing to speak up to hear each other. A nice aspace, too.
Ample street parking in the area was suprising and sweet.
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