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9/15/09 Tryst, Beverly; NOW You’re Talkin’ the Best !

opinionatedchef | Sep 16, 200910:57 AM

We have recently been treating ourselves to late afternoons and sunsets at our very favorite sitting/viewing spot, Fort Sewall in Marblehead. When we hang around past dark, it’s too long a drive home to then have to make dinner, so we’ve been trying various Beverly restnts. I have done CH searches but not found any consistent raving about any Marblehead restnts. Grapevine in Salem has gotten a bit lackluster the last few times we’ve visited, and the Finz food just seemed a bit too simple/uncreative for us, so Beverly has been our dinner exploring ground.

I have posted recent reviews of Beverly’s Cielito Lindo and SOMA, but since our baptism at Tryst last night, we now have a preferred dinner destination for the future. So exciting!

Tryst is a small bistro with a street sign that is hidden by a tree filled w/ white Christmas lights- so you must have the address to find it. It’s on Cabot St. , diagonally across the street from Chianti, which has a visible sign.

THIS is the kind of cooking I particularly enjoy : some unusual ingredients, creative dishes not seen before, and a lot of attention paid to wonderful spicing, sauces and starches. ( i.e.Duck breast coated in juniper berries…,w/ red quinoa,
sauteed arugula, ande a peach moscato sauce; Thick eggplant medallion coated w/ zaatar, served on a chickpea lentil stew w/ tahini aioli. Parmesan suppli; cheddar grits. These grits, a large square baked to crisp the outside, were the best I have ever had aside from my own. While they were thick enough to cut into shapes, they were still creamy inside with a distinct cheese and cayenne kick; lots of toothsome mouthfeel (I’m guessing Anson Mills or other stoneground white grits).

By the glass red wine menu was very well selected. Desserts were uninspiring so we didn’t order but I’m sure they’re delicious.
Yum yum. Now we’re cookin’ !!

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