Just got back from a very nice meal at Cafe Umbra. Joe C. has gotten a lot of press on this board, but he merits additional kudos as he truly is one of the best bartenders in Boston.
We started with a amuse sent out by the kitchen, a gorgeous cold soup of cauliflower with assorted peas, and green beans, flavored with vidalia onions. This was a fantastic starter.
Rolls arrived with some olives, and the olives were quite distinctive, each with a different cure. The rolls we were told were from Pain D'Avignon in Hyannis, and were quite good.
For a starter, I had a fantastic warm sausage, great texture, lots of flavor, and a beautiful mustard alongside. The accompanying potato salad was a little heavy on the vinaigre.
My companion had a tasty smoked trout salad, which he felt could have been heavier on the trout.
For entrees I had the chicken under a brick, which although a little dry, had a fantastic flavor and was quite enjoyable. My companion had a GREAT panini with porchetta that has been well reviewed on this board.
Desserts were allright, not great, but serviceable. A 2002 Schleret Riesling Herrenweg was fantastic - in all , a very good meal and a reasonable tariff at 120 or so.