Hints of sesame oil and sesame perk up the tuna tartare. Small bits of cucumber add textural interest. The quality of the tuna is ok, nothing resounding and rich, a faint watery texture, but no tough parts or sinews. Accompanied by two large taro chips, Terra-like.
A porterhouse cut of pork is massive, the most moist and tender parts closest to the bone. Meat near the edges were dry. Wished that the mustard aroma was more robust; the rub from mustard seeds was a good flavour. I liked the cheesey grits, and the sweet browned onions against the pork. Chopped swiss chard was basic and nice.
The butterscotch pudding had a rich, lovely, golden flavour, but the pudding was somehow grainy, as if the thickening agent wasn't completely smoothened into the pudding.
Friendly, efficient, and helpful waitstaff.
iirc, apps around $7ish-13, main courses averaging mid-low twenties. Desserts were mostly $6 or 7.
On the whole, decent to good food, nothing extraordinary, but no fatal flaws. It's unlikely that I'll make a special effort to head out there if what I had was representative. But it's a comfortable neighbourhood place serving food that isn't so common in Brookline.
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