Our expectations for Bergamot were high...and they were all met extremely well. From the pleasant greeting at the door, to the excellent service, and the superb food. Small, flavorful portions that were blessedly satisfying. Combinations of ingredients that were honest and straightforward and surprising (nothing precious here.) Starters: crispy chicken and ham salad; duck, duck, duck; Spanish mackerel. Entrees: pan-seared scallops; pan-seared East Coast halibut; special--sirloin of pork. Desserts: Sweet Summer Salad (w/ olive oil gelato, black pepper financier, strawberries); blueberry tart with cornmeal crumble and herbes de provence ice cream; Guanjillo Chile Chocolate Pave with Milk Stout ice cream. Mmmmm-mmm from start to finish. Nice place, nice staff, nice job folks.
Alas, the admirable philosophy behind the latest North Shore resto to jump on the "local and sustainable" bandwagon, The Market Restaurant in Gloucester, does not seem to extend to its services and fees policies. We were told when we called that the place is BYOB as they had no liquor license yet. We were not told that they would impose a $10 corkage fee when we brought our own bottle. A corkage fee at a place that doesn't sell wine itself? And guess what?This fee, we were informed, extends to bottles of beer as well. Sorry, the menu and ingredients look good, but we can't support a place that operates in that greedy manner. When the policy changes or when they get their license, maybe. Good luck to them.
118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143