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Temple Bar, Cambridge - Report (June 2009)


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Temple Bar, Cambridge - Report (June 2009)

beetlebug | | Jun 17, 2009 07:26 AM

Another hound and I decided to check out the Temple Bar in Cambridge. I've been a long time fan of Michael Scelfo, since his Dedo days (when will he bring back those tuna tartare deviled eggs?)

Anyway, we had a really nice time and the food was very good. Unfortunately, Scelfo wasn't on that night, but his signature was ALL over the menu.

Here is what we split:

Sesame Tuna Tartare - Togarashi Aioli, Avocado, Seaweed Salad and homemade potato chips.

This was excellent and an extremely generous portion for the price point. It was about the size of a burger, with the seaweed salad on the bottom and the tuna tartare on top. Personally, I could have used a bit more potato chips because I LOVE those homemade chips. These are the best homemade chips, even superior to Green Street's version.

Fried Calamari with truffle, parmesan tartar sauce. The calamari was ok, the breading came off the squid and it wasn't that crispy. The sauce, however, kicked it up to this amazing flavor. The combo of the truffle oil and parmesan hit my taste buds and they went into overdrive. My DC thought it was a bit salty, but I had no problems.

Burger and fries - just plain and perfectly cooked to medium rare. The meat quality was excellent. But, the main reason for splitting the burger, for me, were the french fries. Scelfo makes lovely fries, always with rosemary and sea salt. This batch however, lacked enough rosemary and aren't nearly as good as the versions from North Street Grille (best version of his ff), or even Good Life (where they were thicker then NSG but still thin fries). These fries could have been thinner (more like frites is my preference) and needed more rosemary and a bit more crisp.

But, Temple Bar's food is much improved then before and it's reasonably priced. I think with Scelfo in the kitchen, the food will continue to get better, plus, the location is great for me. I *think* the three dishes and three glasses of wine came to about $60 (not including tip). The portions are all generous and we even still had some fries left over.

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