Very good experience there last night, reminiscent of Franklin Cafe on the other side of the Charles. Reasonably priced, homey food with lots of cool combinations, worth the return trip.
Dined with 5 people total and everyone left happy.
Cocktails worthy of mention - not really. Had a "Kentucky", which was bourbon-based. Not bad, but a little too fruity (pineapple-y).
Apps - shared their simple salad, which was simple as expected. Nothing mind-blowing here. The Rhode Island style calamari is delicious and well-created -- in Providence they just stir in olive oil, some lemon, and peppers (sweet hot peppers). At West Side, they integrated the peppers into the coating of th calamari, which balances the dish better and is something I want to try. Didn't try the mussels, but the consumers were asking for extra bread to soak up the sauce.
Entrees - I broke my own rule of ordering fish on Mondays, and boy am I glad. I had monkfish with mashed potatoes and truffle oil, along with some herb sauce on the side. The mashed potatoes had a little bite in them from hot pepper flakes, which matched well with the monkfish and truffle oil. Delicious to the max. Others had the lamb shank with (pesto?) gnocchi. Gnocchi weren't totally light and fluffy, but the flavor was good. The lamb fell of the bone and also had a nice caramelized crust on the outside. Big portion!
Will definitely return.
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