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Central Kitchen, Cambridge


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Central Kitchen, Cambridge

NEChef | Mar 9, 2003 11:52 AM

We went there last night after not having gone since November and they are still doing it at the Central Kitchen. My wife started with the lobster club sandwich which is exactly what it sounds like - sweet succulent lobster with bacon sandwiched between toasted slices of sourdough bread. Tremendous. I started with the grilled foie gras with duck terrine. It was served on a butcher block cutting board. The foie gras was seared to perfection and the generous slice of duck terrine was accompanied with crispy garlic toasts. It also came with a kumquat chutney and sliced quince. What a great combination of flavors and textures.

For dinner, my wife had the steak and frites. The Central Kitchen has some of the best frites I have ever had. The steak was a very large slab of sirloin strip and was cooked perfectly. For some reason, my wife likes to go to restaurants with great menus but usually ends up getting a steak. I had the beef bourginnoine (sp?) which was made with a very large meaty short rib. A tap of the fork and this tender meat fell off the bone. It was served with a chunky roasted carrot puree and a boiled potato. This was the best short rib I can remember having.

I had the dessert which the waitress called an apricot cookie. The name didn't justify this dessert. It was two flat "plain" cookie disks topped with chopped appricot and chopped candied pecans and served in a pool of custard sauce. Delicious.

I have to say that Central Kitchen has consistently turned out tremendous food for the past year that I have been going there and I now have to say it is my favorite restaurant. I was at Hamersley's last week and Central Kitchen and Gary Strack has it all over Hamersley right now.

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