Cafe artscience, Cambridge, MA.
This restaurant delivers that ‘Wow’ factor in food presentation. Photos on their website show proof of how creative their Chefs are. Possibly Cafe ArtScience is one of the most creative restaurants in the Boston area. Their chefs push the envelope when it comes to visual excitement and novel taste combinations. The courses I tasted were exquisitely arranged and perfectly executed. My ‘Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras ‘ was cooked to a perfect pink tenderness; little crunchy bacon bits accented the Maple syrup enhanced jus; I chose the ‘Roasted Giannone Farm Chicken’ as my main course. The breast was perfectly cooked, still moist with a crackling skin, especially artful was the cube of roasted potato very similar to the French classic: ‘Pommes Anna’. My dessert: Mascarpone Panna Cotta was superb; delicate custardy smooth, and accompanied by a luscious blood orange sorbet, so jewel-like in appearance; next to a jarring pinkish-violet scoop of deliciousness.
My companion did not fare so well. She ordered the ‘Green Garlic Veloute’. Her dish came with little morsels of Fried Frogs legs, and tiny mussels swimming in a rich green sauce. But there were only so many little mouthfuls of each. The sauce occupied almost two-thirds of the space in the bowl, and although worthy of bread-dipping, simply over-powered the main ingredients.
Especially disappointing was her “Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop Parsley Root, Green Gauge Plum, Cipollini Onion”$38”~ We both thought it would be a tender juicy pork chop, but instead it tasted like a ham. When I confronted our waiter, he dismissed my concern and defended the
chef’s technique and explained that the Pork had been brined for two days; we both decided to leave most of it un-eaten. Not only was it salty, but also very fatty, and not worth $38.
All in all, I would only award three stars to an otherwise exciting new restaurant in Boston.
~Tiaotse~ March 27, 2016