Friends and I decided to check out Bergamot Saturday night, the new restaurant in the old EVOO space in Somerville. What a delight! The food was uniformly well done - I had the quail appetizer, which was one of the most tender, juicy versions I've had in a while (and you quail lovers know how easy it is to overcook this delicate little bird), prepared with slivers of meaty bacon, grapes, walnuts, and tiny, tasty mushrooms (honshimeji, says the menu).
For a main I had the braised rabbit leg, which turned out to be parsley-flecked pappardelle served with a rabbit ragu, the savory shredded meat mixed with fresh peas and carrots. The sauce was delicious and the pasta perfectly chewy.
For dessert, the chili-chocolate pave was a winner - a dense, rich rectangle of smooth fudge-like dark chocolate, with just enough guajillo chile to add a nice zing, without becoming overwhelmingly fiery.
And the best part - the portions were sized such that I could enjoy all three courses and leave comfortably satisfied, not overstuffed. What a treat!
My dining companions were equally pleased with their choices. The standouts were a lobster sunchoke bisque, fresh sardines (one of my wife's favorites, not an easy dish to find around here), grilled flatiron steak, and seared scallops (so fresh and sweet!).
Service was friendly and professional. The chef and co-owner, Keith Pooler, has worked at Scampo and Harvest., and is thrilled to be running his own kitchen. Both he and his partner/manager Servio Garcia came out to chat with us toward the end of the evening.
The tab, including cocktails, plenty of wine, after-dinner drinks, tax & tip, came to about $110 per person - very reasonable for a meal of this caliber. Plus - they offer a $39 three-course special, available 5:30 to 7 most nights, all evening on Sunday and Monday.
We can't wait to come back!
118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143