On our way out for some quick and dirty Somerville (Well, what do you expect from me??) Portuguese for dinner, and both felt like more of a splurge / hadn't
been to Blue Room since Alice Waters decamped
(and just in time too!) maybe 5 yrs now, so it was time.
Was not expecting too much and was pleasantly surprised
had a Gnocchi with semolina which turned out to be a semolina, not potato, Gnocchi w/kale & -hardly-any-roasted-mushrooms (Romana style they said) a moussaka looking thing with melted Tallegio on top, (OK so its a square of very upscale cream of wheat for $9-
But gotta admit it tasted great, also had an app. of
a roasted short rib which (while kind of the dish of the year it seems)
was cooked to complete tenderness, and with Zero fat remaining
If your mom made pot roast this good you would have never left home.
Served over a bed of polenta a fine foil for the drippings...
entree nearly successful as the apps. was a crispy grilled scotch bonnet pepper marinated shrimp dish with yucca (is there a worse vege?) Grilled on skewers with tiny chunks of charred linguica, as space holders, served in a slightly milder (ancho?) pepper sauce.
The yucca, (hard as it is to admit), did not suck.
Grilled/Charred and served as the starch base of the dish, the bland yucca absorbed the hot chili sauce and really worked quite well
and felt very nouvelle Portuguese!
My partner, though not a hot food person, still appreciated the execution & flavors of this dish, so, 3 for 3? Not bad. Great Iggy bread, & a nice pour of Rhine Riesling. Service was way less than indifferent, sorry to report, and this in a half full summer dining room...
Methinks this is a pretty good restaurant, some dude at the bar was tucking into a grilled $26- porterhouse lamb steak that looked excellent.
Worth another visit, and we hope the 10% grat. sent a small message.
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