First visit to Salute in Roslindale village. It has been open for a little over a week and the wife and I went last night for some snacks. Nice looking place. Mustard walls with a dark wood bar/chair combo. Full liquor license and 5 beers on tap. We decided to go with some selections from the bar menu, and share a pasta. Started with the fried calamari and shrimp. Perfectly cooked calamari and shrimp dusted with a cornmeal coating. The coating was nice and light, not greasy. This was served drizzled with some type of spicy aioli. I would have liked to get some on the side, not just drizzled over top. Next were the BBQ ribs with soft polenta. Polenta was good, nice on a cold February night. The ribs were not real BBQ but they were tasty and not drowned in sauce. Had the Mushroom beignet next, piece of mushroom in a English fish and chip type of batter. I would call it a beer batter, but I dont know if there was beer in it. This dish didnt work for me. The mushroom (called a king oyster on the bill) was just a soggy mushroom. And while the batter was great, it just didnt make the dish. For a main, we shared the Ragu pasta. Beef, veal, pork in a tomato cream sauce. This was just like the Sunday sauce Nona used to make. Huge portion, split between the two of us it still seemed like too much. I washed all this down with a couple of Guinness and my wife had sodas. Service was nice, water glasses and sodas were filled without having to ask. Bread and olive oil delivered almost as soon as we sat. Total was $55 before tip.
All in all, a nice addition to the square.
Salute is on Washington Street almost at the corner of Corinth.
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