Tried lunch today at Bambara. Very nice room, prettily decorated and airy. At noon, there were more diners than I expected -- by 1:30 the room was at least half filled with a mostly business lunch crowd.
I had the pressed pork sandwich -- the HUGE sandwich was a twist on the cubano. Slightly sweet brioche filled with pork, ham, cheese, pickles and an ancho mayonnaise, pressed on the grill. Served with a side of plantain chips that were a little on the sweet side too. I don't go in for sweet and savory, but besides that slight quibble, this was a great sandwich for $9.
My friend had the burger served with a mountain of thin frites which were very addictive. A little more well done than he wanted, but a very good burger with lettuce, toms, and a brioche bun. IIRC $10.
Despite the somewhat cute menu (they group things into "crispy" "mainly" and other forgettable titles) there were many fine options for lunch fare -- salads, soups, sandwiches, etc. A massive wine list was presented to us, but this *was* a business lunch so we demurred.
Service just a tad familiar (note to waiters, winking is not always welcome) and we were asked many times how we were doing, by multiple waiters, the manager, the water guys. It was just a bit much, I thought, but better than being ignored, I suppose.
All in all, a nice alternative to Paparazzi or the California Pizza Kitchen if you're in the Cambridgeside area.
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