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Steel and Rye report

foodieX2 | | Apr 9, 2013 03:31 PM

Finally got there with my husband and 11 yo last Sunday night and we are regretting not getting there earlier!

We had a busy day traipsing between various sporting events so I jumped on open table but they had nothing until 7:00. In the 10 minutes it took to get an answer from my husband that time was gone but 7:15 was open. We left the house early as we were coming from the south and never know what the Braintree split might be like and got there at 6:50. Being a neighborhood place they must keep a lot of tables for walk ins as we were seated immediately and there were plenty of open tables.

The space, as I had read, was really nice. Very open and modern. It’s looks like the patio will be wonderful when it opens though I imagine it could be very noisy at it’s a pretty busy road.

We are all starving so we order a couple things from the “snack menu”- raclette and today’s cheese plate. The raclette was served in piping hot small cast iron pan and, while a little oily to my liking, was very good. The cheese was the perfect consistency, the potatoes the right little bite sized, the bacon while not crisp was very flavorful and the pickles had the right sour crunch.

“Today’s cheese” was monk head served on a very flavorful bread but I have no idea what kind. I wish I had taken a photo only because the presentation was so pretty. It had been shaved and then formed to look like a small white carnation on each slice of bread. The cheese its self was strong smelling yet mild in flavor and the winter fruits jam added the right sweetness. There were three slices and our son was disappointed there wasn’t more.

For appetizers we all split the lamb meatballs and the foi gras. Our son devoured most of the meatballs, we hardly even got a taste. I could have made a meal out them! The meatballs themselves were very mild in flavor but tender, the red sauce was seasoned with harissa and was a great foil for the meatballs. The whole thing was topped with a softly poached egg and sprinkled with pine nuts.

The foi gras was fine, rich and creamy, and served in a jelly glass with cranberries and brioche toast. I probably would have raved if I weren’t getting full- it was just too much with everything else we had ordered. My husband and son managed to polish it off just fine though!

At that point I was stuffed but we still had entrees coming.

My son, unlike him, ordered his entrée from the kid’s menu as he really wanted to try the homemade chips but didn’t want a burger. He loved the crispy chicken and I can attest the chips were worth every calorie. Wish they had offered a veggie and even my son said he wished for “something green”.

I ordered the polenta with a beef ragu, the smaller portion. It was creamy, rich and delicious. The polenta was very thick and the sauce even thicker. I could barely eat more than few bites having over done it earlier. It held up very well though and made a fabulous lunch. There was flavor note I couldn’t identify; almost bolognese-esque that added an extra richness.

My husband had the double cut pork chop that was pigginess on a plate. My guess is they get the pork locally as it had that deep pork flavor you don’t find in mass market pork. Topped with guanciale and served over braised cabbage with some strong mustard my husband was in heaven.

We wished it all down with some of their excellent cocktails- I had 2 snow birds which were made with vodka, lemon, st. germain, and grapefruit. My husband had the same as well as some kind of special rum drink but I can’t remember what was in that.

Check was very reasonable ($140ish) and the server Levy was great, attentive but not overly so.

Probably the only down side were there were a number of very loud, energetic kids all around us. The table next us had what looked like a six year old with them, he was sitting on the floor coloring but would randomly start banging on the floor or window, so much we could feel the vibrations. He was patently ignored by his parents. On the platformed seating area to the left where you walk in only had one table occupied. The parents sat calmly eating and enjoying their wine as their two toddler aged kids ran around in circles playing games and singing loudly.

Unruly kids aside I can’t remember the last time we had such a good meal (or the last time we ate so much!). This place is a winner and worth the 30 min. drive.

95 Eliot St
Milton, MA 02186